AT&T walked away from a deal to sell the Huawei smartphone, the
Mate 10, to customers in the United States just before the
partnership was set to be unveiled, said two people on Tuesday
familiar with the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity
because the discussions were not public. The Wall Street Journal
reported earlier that AT&T had changed plans.
The reasons that led to AT&T’s shift were not entirely clear. But
last month, a group of lawmakers wrote a letter to the Federal
Communications Commission expressing misgivings about a potential
deal between Huawei and an unnamed American telecommunications
company to sell its consumer products in the United States. It
cited longstanding concerns among some lawmakers about what they
said are Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government.
The letter, which was reviewed by The New York Times, said
Congress has “long been concerned about Chinese espionage in
general, and Huawei’s role in that espionage in particular.”
This sounds bad, but without any specific accusations regarding what Huawei might actually be doing to collaborate with the Chinese government — let alone actual evidence — I’m not sure what to make of this.