Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products pose security risks. Huawei told CNN back in 2017 that it aims to be number one in the smartphone industry. Earlier this year it failed to clinch its first partnership with a major US carrier, after talks with AT&T fizzled out at the last minute. Having the backing of a wireless carrier is key to making inroads in the United States. CNN is part of WarnerMedia, which is owned by AT&T. “Despite its failure to strike a US carrier partnership … the company has turned around quickly, moving away from its drive for profitability and focusing instead on finding volume growth at the low end,” Mo Jia, an analyst with Canalys, said in a statement. Selling millions of cheap phones has worked well for Huawei in the Asia Pacific region, where its sales more than doubled compared with the same quarter last year, according to IHS Markit. It also experienced strong growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The success in its smartphone division comes as Huawei faces significant headwinds in its telecommunications business. Following the United States, security officials in the UK, Australia and Canada have in recent months warned of potential national security risks from using the Chinese firm’s telecom equipment. Huawei is one of several companies racing to develop capabilities for 5G, the next generation of wireless technology. If major countries refuse or ban the use of Huawei’s telecom gear, it would significantly handicap the company’s ambition tobecome a global leader in 5G technology.