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We're still keen to set up in the US: Huawei

The effective ban on Huawei entering the U.S. network equipment market has not dampened the Chinese company's interest in setting up Stateside, the company's chief executive said on Monday.

Before it jumped into the consumer space with smartphones and the new 2-in-1 Mate Book tablet, Huawei was known for its network equipment and infrastructure business.

Citing a risk to national security, the U.S. government in 2012 claimed Huawei and its competitor ZTE, could build back doors in their equipment to leak sensitive information from America to China -- a claim both companies deny.

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But after this, Huawei backed away from the U.S. telecommunications market. But Guo Ping, the company's chief executive, said that businesses and customers in the U.S are getting a bad deal due to the fact Huawei are not in the market but added that the company would consider re-entering America if it was welcomed.

"Huawei kept announcing our technologies and products and we have already seen that Huawei network products…have more advantage…If U.S. people always have no access to Huawei products and services, it might be a little bit unfair to them," Ping told reporters at a round-table session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in response to a question posed by CNBC.

"The American friends need to pay a higher price to purchase less competitive services. If the U.S. needs Huawei to do something, we will be happy to do it, and if the U.S. do not welcome it then we can wait."

Ping added that the company maintains "pretty good growth" without playing the U.S.

The comments come as Huawei slowly edges into the U.S. consumer market. It has a smartphone on sale in the world's largest economy and recently manufactured the Google Nexus 6P.