Two U.S. congressional officials revealed that for national security reasons, U.S. lawmakers are urging AT & amp; T, the nation's second-largest mobile operator, to cut off all business ties with Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment maker. In addition, they also oppose the plan of China Mobile operator China Mobile to enter the U.S. market.
According to sources, AT & T dropped its plan to cooperate with Huawei to sell smartphones in the United States earlier this month, as some U.S. lawmakers continued to lobby the U.S. federal regulators. For U.S. national security reasons, the U.S. government has also blocked a series of acquisitions by Chinese-funded companies of U.S. companies, including Alibaba Group's affiliate Ant Financial announced earlier this month a move to relinquish its $ 1.2 billion acquisition of MoneyGram because Unable to get US government regulatory approval.
US congressional staff also revealed that lawmakers told U.S. companies that if they had a relationship with Chinese companies such as Huawei or China Mobile, it would hinder their ability to get orders from the U.S. government. The source said one of the U.S.-China business relations that the U.S. senators and House members want to cut off includes the cooperation between AT & T and Huawei in the 5G network and the use of Huawei mobile phones by AT & T subsidiary Cricket.
As of now, China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, did not comment on this report. AT & amp; T also did not comment on the report, but said the company has not yet decided on a 5G supplier. In the past, members of the U.S. House and Senator who were worried about AT & T's deal with Huawei did not comment.
Huawei held a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last Tuesday. Yu Chengdong, chief executive of the company's consumer business, said in his keynote speech: "For us, this is a huge loss for operators. Lost more for consumers because they have lost the best option. & rdquo;
Before Yu Chengdong made his speech, overseas media from late last year continued to report that Huawei is entering the US carrier market and may work with AT & T to sell Mate Pro 10, a high-end smart phone priced at $ 799.
However, before the Huawei keynote speech, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying that AT & T had decided to waive its cooperation with Huawei at the last minute of the contract for reasons unknown.
It is reported that US lawmakers had jointly sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai (Ajit Pai), asked the Federal Communications Commission on Huawei's cooperation with U.S. carriers to investigate. This event may be the key reason for AT & T to abandon its cooperation with Huawei at the last minute.
Currently, Huawei is the world's third-largest maker of smartphones next to Samsung Electronics and Apple and now has operations in 170 countries around the world. Last year, Huawei shipped 153 million smartphones. Even so, Huawei is still an unknown brand in the United States.
National security experts in the United States are worried that data from Huawei equipment, such as the geographical location of mobile phone users, can be used by Chinese intelligence agencies. As early as 2012, Huawei and ZTE were investigated by U.S. government agencies. However, Huawei has always denied this kind of remarks by the United States.
David Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Committee under the U.S. Congress, said: "The next wave of wireless communications has enormous economic and national security risks. China participated in the formulation of the 5G standard, and sales of 5G equipment caused many national security concerns. This needs serious investigation. & rdquo;
US Congressional staff also said that MPs do not want China Mobile to be allowed to do business in the United States. As early as 2011, China Mobile applied for a license in the United States, but the FCC still has not decided whether to issue a license to China Mobile.
This is partly due to pressure from the U.S. government on potential U.S. partners. Chinese companies like Huawei and China Mobile have long struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. US Republican lawmakers Michael Conaway and Liz Cheney drafted a law this week that banned the U.S. government from signing or signing a cooperation agreement with Huawei and ZTE.