Its dominance comes just as big USA carriers are expected to invest about $275 billion over seven years to deploy fifth generation, or 5G, networks that can carry huge amounts of data for high-quality mobile video and self-driving cars, the Journal reported.
The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are the upcoming flagship phones from the Chinese-based company. On the one side, U.S. firms - and technology players in particular - are desperate to access China's vast market of over one billion internet users.
The Huawei's CEO of the Consumer unit, Richard Yu, told a broad audience at the CES Technology Fair in Las Vegas that the deal with a U.S. operator "unfortunately" has not been achieved. He was able to show that the Chinese company is confident about the quality of its products, and its ability to compete with global rivals. According to a report via The Information, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sent a letter to AT&T saying that Huawei has "alleged ties to the Communist Party as well as China's intelligence and security services". But the plan was dismissed over political pressure from U.S. lawmakers who saw Huawei as a security threat.
The letter notes the committee's concerns "about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular".
Last April, a court in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, ordered Samsung to pay 80 million yuan (about US$12 million) to Huawei for infringing the firm's patents on its smartphone technologies.
"Two years ago, you couldn't get equipment outside of the carriers", the executive said. It may be hard to find another U.S. mobile operator to carry its products.
The Mate 10 Pro is expected to cost $799.
Back in 2012, when Huawei was better known for making broadband equipment, the USA warned that the Chinese government may be using the firm's kit to spy on foreign countries. The CEO said that they plan on releasing the next OnePlus phone sometime during the later part of the second quarter of 2018. Other countries around the world do not have that issue with Huawei.
Apple, the world's largest company by market capitalization, announced on Wednesday that the operation of its iCloud service in mainland China will be transferred to a state-owned firm called Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Company from February 28 to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations.
While the USA government continues to be wary of Huawei's supposed ties to the Chinese government, it apparently has no objections to ZTE's practices.