The deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were both announced at MWC in Barcelona during the week.
The US had sent a team to MWC (formerly known as Mobile World Congress) led by Robert Strayer, the State Department’s top cyber security diplomat, to canvass support among countries it considers allies and get them to agree not to use Huawei gear in their 5G rollouts.
But both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi apparently either did not get the message or else chose to act on their own.
The UAE deal, with the state-owned Etisalat Group, was announced on Monday and reported by The Wall Street Journal. It includes the building of 300 cellular towers. No details were provided about the financial components of either deal.
While a statement about the Saudi deal is available on the Huawei website, there is nothing regarding the UAE deal.
Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu told the WSJ that the company had signed 30 5G commercial contracts thus far – 18 in Europe, nine in the Middle East and three in the Asia-Pacific region.
Engineer Nasser Al Nasser, chief executive of STC, said in a statement: "STC is committed to pioneering the 5G network development and deployment in order to deliver the pledged fully digitised society in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
"We have already put ourselves on the road to pioneer and shape the future of 5G services in KSA and beyond. Our collaborations with Huawei will enhance and push forward the boundaries for our 5G ambitions.
"Our customer deserves all the capabilities and distinguishing services that the 5G network will offer in the near future. We are very excited by the endless opportunities and the bright future that the 5G network promises to deliver to all our worthy customers."
The Saudi 5G project aims to contribute more than 2 billion Saudi riyals (approximately A$747 million) to local industry, boost the employment of Saudis in next-generation technology and management positions by 50%, increase SME support by 20%, and double the direct innovation investment made by STC Strategic Partners for 5G industry development within the country.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest and most influential country in the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council, which includes the UAE, Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Qatar hosts a major US military base while Bahrain plays host to the US Sixth Fleet.
Riyadh is a close American ally and was the first country that US President Donald Trump visited after taking office. It buys huge quantities of arms from the US.
The UAE is also extremely close to Washington and buys a fairly big amount of arms as well. Both countries share similar views on containing Iran, seen as a common foe, with the US.