ANOTHER Huawei partner accused of slipping US tech to Iran
HP tech 'priced and specced' in embargo breach - report
Documents offering to supply embargoed technology to Iran have been unearthed by Reuters, showing Huawei partner Skycom Tech Co Ltd bidding to provide HP servers to an Iranian mobile network - in breach of sanctions.
The bid, seen by Reuters, was submitted in 2010 by Skycom to Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran (MCI) and comprises €20m worth of comms gear - including €1.3m of HP kit which cannot be imported into Iran because of US sanctions. Skycom is a partner of Huawei, and the bid apparently includes 13 pages marked "Huawei Confidential", prompting the accusation that Huawei is directly involved.
The Chinese company happily admits that Skycom is an Iranian partner, and that the bid was submitted by Skycom, but denies any wrongdoing itself though Reuters reckons the two companies are close enough for one to be held responsible for the actions of the other.
The last time a Huawei partner was accused of selling US tech to Iran, Huawei contacted El Reg to say that the company in question, Soda GoStar, was not a Huawei partner.
"On LinkedIn.com, several telecom workers list having worked at 'Huawei-skycom'," explains the Reuters coverage, continuing: "A former Skycom employee said the two companies shared the same headquarters in China. And an Iranian telecom manager who has visited Skycom's office in Tehran said, 'Everybody carries Huawei badges'."
What's not clear is if the bid was ultimately successful, or who provided the HP servers which MCI had been using to run its billing systems.
The US wants to restrict the flow of computing hardware into Iran to hinder the country's nuclear programme, but with international channels that are so convoluted, it's very hard to control access to such ubiquitous equipment. HP's terms and conditions specify that its buyers should conform to US export laws, but enforcing such restrictions is next to impossible. ®
Chinese company selling Chinese made products (all-be it American branded) to trade friend.
Since Huawei seem to have no chance working with the US, they may as well work against them and make some money out of the deal.
The Two-Faced USA Trumping Up Yet More False Accusations
The USA is like a dying star, a lot of noise followed by a big bang and then nothing.
The fact is that US industrialists of all types have sold the US out. They transfer IP and machinery to China and expect them not to get curious? Just so they can make extra bucks.
And why should China, and anyone else, pay attention to sales restrictions? The US surely doesn't if it suits it's political goals.
Who gave Israel fissionable material from Livermore-Lawrence Laboratories? Why the US Government, even against it's prohibition.
It embargoes VietNam and these restrictions worked wonders. VietNam now has a resilient, resourceful industrial sector as it had to develope th skills because the US cut it off. There is not too much love lost between the Neanderthals in BeiJing and their cousins in Ha Noi but whatever we need, we can buy it.
CISCO has a profits problem, so it rents a few Congressmen, generates a report or two on the evils of it's Chinese competitors. Hearings are staged, unsubstantiated claims are made all with a view to cutting off the competition.
To make things a little harder, US 'intelligence' is deployed tto scar the hell out of Australians and the UK all so the USA can make more money by selling Chinese-made network equipment with US NSA backdoors in them.
Pity the Australians and the British pols can't see through this trade manipulation.
What the Chinese should do is refuse to allow CISCO products to be made there, forcing up the cost of manufacture and then letting CISCO see if they can sell stuff cobbled together in the USA.
Why can't the world's alleged centre of technology tear Huawei, et al, software to pieces and see if they can locate all these backdoors.
Re: Joke ?
Back in the early days of ARM we had a core design that was licensed to an American company and the resulting chip wasn't exportable back to the UK because of it's scary supercomputer like performance
None of this is actually about secrets, it's all politics / trade barriers / stupidity - mostly stupidity.