© Reuters. AT&T WAIVES THE RIGHT TO A COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT WITH HUAWEI
(Reuters) – AT&T, the second largest mobile operator in the United States, has renounced to the partnership with the chinese Huawei Technologies, which he needed to sell the smartphones, reported Monday the Wall Street Journal, citing sources close to the matter.
The two groups had never confirmed these negotiations, but according to the daily Huawei, ranked last year third world manufacturer of smartphones, was to announce the agreement with AT&T on Tuesday at the ces trade show of consumer electronics in Las Vegas.
AT&T declined to comment. The spokesperson of Huawei, Charles Zinkowski, said that the group would reveal new products to the american market Tuesday, but without any other precision.
Huawei sells its phones in the United States for five years but has never had distribution agreement with a large operator.
(Sonam Rai in Bangalore and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, with Anjali Athavaley in New York, Véronique Tison for the French service)