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Huawei says it isn't servicing banned US tech for Iranians

Its contract with MTN Irancell does not involve banned US computer equipment.

Huawei Technologies Co on Tuesday said its managed-services contract with MTN Irancell does not involve banned United States computer equipment. Picture: defenceweb.co.za

IRAN - Huawei Technologies Co on Tuesday said its managed-services contract with MTN Irancell, an Iranian mobile-phone operator, does not involve banned United States computer equipment.

Reuters reported on Monday that MTN Irancell's requirements for the contract included managing product-support agreements for third-party equipment. "This should include embargo items," the contract requirements stated.

Ross Gan, a spokesperson for Huawei, which won the contract, said Tuesday its final agreement with MTN Irancell does not contain that section. "Not all of RFT (request for tender) terms and conditions will become contract terms and conditions," he said. Huawei did not mention this in its comments for the article before publication.

According to a person familiar with the matter, MTN Irancell obtained embargoed Sun Microsystems Inc equipment via an Iranian company called Fakour Co. Fakour's website lists both MTN Irancell and Huawei as customers of its "Fakour Sun Microsystems services department."

Mr. Gan on Tuesday said "Huawei has never cooperated with Fakour" and that the Fakour website is "incorrect." Mr. Gan did not respond to a request for comment on Fakour prior to publication.

Huawei Technologies said its contract with MTN Irancell does not involve banned US computer equipment.