The company declined to comment on the NSA leaks, but said it wants to make cyber security a priority for the entire industry. "If we are the only one creating secure networks, then it's useless," said company spokesman Scott Sykes, who added that Huawei's technology is often connected to hardware from vendors including rivals Ericsson and Cisco.
Chances of Huawei making a comeback in the U.S. networking market, however, remain small, given that political lobbyists, rivals and anti-Chinese sentiment would try once again to stifle its business, according to analysts. Earlier this year, Huawei said its networking arm was no longer focused on the U.S. market.
But despite the roadblocks in the U.S., the company has ample room to grow in other foreign markets. "If we look at Europe, look at Asia, those are huge markets." said Vaiani. "I know Huawei has a very dominant position in Africa. The question is how will those regions react."