Chinese Tech Giant Aids Iran

Author: Steve Stecklow, Farnaz Fassihi & Loretta Chao, Wall Street Journal [USA], Published on: 26 October 2011

During 2009's demonstrations…Huawei carried out government orders on behalf of its client, MTN Irancell…to suspend text messaging and block the Internet phone service…In…2009, Siemens disclosed that its joint venture with Nokia, NSN, had provided Iran's largest telecom, government-owned Telecommunications Company of Iran, with a monitoring center capable of intercepting and recording voice calls…NSN sold its global monitoring-center business in March 2009. The company says it hasn't sought new business in Iran and has established a human-rights policy to reduce the potential for abuse of its products. A spokesman for Ericsson said it delivered "standard" equipment to Iranian telecom companies until 2008…"Products can be used in a way that was not the intention of the manufacturer," the spokesman said…[However,] [a]s NSN and Ericsson pulled back, Huawei…grew. In August 2009, two months after mass protests began…a British company [Creativity Software] that specializes in "location-based services," announced it had won a contract to supply a system to MTN Irancell…An official with Creativity Software confirmed that MTN Irancell is a customer and said the company couldn't comment because of "contractual confidentiality." A spokesman for MTN Group Ltd., a South African company…[said] "The majority of MTN Irancell is owned by the government of Iran." He referred questions to the telecommunications regulator. [also refers to Zaeim Electronic Industries, 3Leaf Systems, Reach-U]

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