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October 26, 2012

Huawei partner attempted to sell US technology to Iranian firm

US has barred sales of its technology to Iran for years

By CBR Staff Writer

China-based telecom firm Huawei Technologies’ Iranian partner had attempted to sell restricted US antenna equipment to a mobile-phone operator in Iran in 2011.

The buyer, however, said that the deal was called off with Huawei following its recognition that the equipments were subject to sanctions, according to Reuters.

The news agency revealed a report that said Soda Gostar Persian Vista, a Tehran-based Huawei equipment supplier in Iran, had offered to sell 36 cellular tower antennas manufactured by US firm Andrew for €14,364 to MTN Irancell.

The equipment was to be delivered in Tehran in February 2012 for deployment at Huawei warehouse.

Huawei has an agreement with CommScope, the owner of Andrew, to buy Andrew antennas and other equipment for deployment in Huawei systems, and the Iranian firm antennas were part of an order placed by MTN Irancell had placed via Soda Gostar.

The US has barred sales of US technology to Iran for years, while Huawei reports that it meets the requirements of the US law and also needs third party firms including Soda Gostar to go after applicable laws and regulations.

The US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee said that Huawei and another firm ZTE posed a security threat to the country.

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