Huawei had lofty goals for the start of 2018, as far as the smartphone market in the United States was concerned. Unfortunately for the company, those goals didn’t pan out, and now things might be getting even worse.
Huawei’s goals for launching a major presence within the U.S. wireless market came to a screeching halt earlier this year thanks to pressure applied by the United States government, which cited national security concerns. That started with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro getting its launch at AT&T canceled, and subsequently every other major wireless carrier in the U.S. opting out of working with the smartphone manufacturer based out of China as well. Even big box retailer Best Buy has decided to stop selling Huawei-branded products.
Now, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Huawei is facing a criminal investigation over violating sanctions applied to Iran. Unfortunately, that is all the information the report has to offer. The details of the investigation are unknown at this point, including which sanctions Huawei might have violated.
This latest report is reminiscent of a similar situation with ZTE. Earlier this month it was reported that the company had violated an agreement with the United States government which pertained to selling products to both North Korea and Iran. As a result, the United States Department of Commerce enacted a ban on American companies like Qualcomm from selling products to ZTE.
Whether or not Huawei may face similar consequences remains to be seen.