More bad news for Huawei. As if being classed as a “significant security concern” by the US Congressional Intelligence Committee wasn’t enough to scupper any ambitions the firm had in America, Reuters have now revealed that an Iranian partner of Huawei, “last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm”.
Documents reviewed by Reuters show that Soda Gostar Persian Vista, a Tehran-based supplier of Huawei equipment in Iran, had offered to sell to MTN Irancell 36 cellular tower antennas made by Andrew for 14,364 euros. The equipment was to be delivered in Tehran on February 3, 2012, to “Huawei warehouse ready for installation,” according to a MTN Irancell purchase order dated November 30, 2011.
Huawei, based in Shenzhen, China, has an agreement with CommScope Inc. in Hickory, N.C. – which owns Andrew – to purchase Andrew antennas and other equipment and use the products in Huawei systems, according to CommScope. The Andrew antennas were part of a large order for Huawei telecommunications gear that MTN Irancell had placed through Soda Gostar, the documents show.
Washington has banned the sale of U.S. technology to Iran for years. Huawei said in a statement that it complies with U.S. law and also requires third parties like Soda Gostar “to follow applicable laws and regulations.” This month, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee criticized Huawei for failing “to provide evidence to support its claims that it complies with all international sanctions or U.S. export laws.”
Reuters previously exposed ZTE Corp, Huawei’s main Chinese rival, for agreeing to sell millions of dollars worth of US equipment to Iran’s largest telecommunications firm.
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