Huawei would like you to know that while it has decided that it's unlikely to achieve rampant success in the U.S. carrier network equipment market, it's not pulling up stakes and leaving.
As previously reported, Eric Xu, Huawei executive vice president, told attendees at an analyst conference this week that "we are not interested in the U.S. market anymore.” Several press outlets (a quick web search will uncover plenty of examples) took these comments to mean that, in the face of the perception that it is a security threat to the U.S., Huawei plans to take its ball and go home.
The company is now telling media outlets such as Forbes and (for those of you who read Chinese) The Beijing News that this is not what the company meant to imply. Instead, Huawei points out, Mr. Xu was responding to a question about prospects for growth in network hardware sales among developed countries. There don't appear to be many such prospects here in the U.S., he meant to say.
That doesn't mean there aren't opportunities in other niches here in the States, however. In particular, observers believe the company will remain aggressive in the enterprise and smartphone markets here in the U.S.
So adjust your expectations accordingly.