Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei has rebuffed recent reports that it supplied tracking and censorship technology to the Iranian government.
Various publications, including The Wall Street Journal, recently published reports claiming that Huawei had signed a contract to install equipment for one of Iran's mobile operators that allowed the police to track people based on the location of their mobile phones, and that it had also deployed technology that could help the government censor internet news sites.
However, Huawei said in a statement that the report “grossly misrepresents” the company’s activities in Iran.
“Huawei’s work in Iran is no different than our work in any other market and we are only involved in the R&D, manufacturing and sales of telecommunications equipment that is for commercial and civilian use in Iran and other markets in which we operate,” the statement said.
“We have never been involved in and do not provide any services relating to monitoring or filtering technologies and equipment anywhere in the world.”
The vendor added that it provides a mobile news delivery platform to MTN Irancell, but has “no involvement in any aspect” of the content that is provided on the platform. “Most importantly, we have absolutely no technology that can be used for news censorship,” Huawei added.