Exclusive: Huawei hid business operation in Iran after Reuters reported links to CFO

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies acted to cover up its relationship with a firm that had tried to sell prohibited U.S. computer gear to Iran, after Reuters in 2013 reported deep links between the firm and the telecom-equipment giant’s chief financial officer, newly obtained internal Huawei documents show.

FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File Photo

Huawei has long described the firm – Skycom Tech Co Ltd – as a separate local business partner in Iran. Now, documents obtained by Reuters show how the Chinese tech titan effectively controlled Skycom. The documents, reported here for the first time, are part of a trove of internal Huawei and Skycom Iran-related business records – including memos, letters and contractual agreements – that Reuters has reviewed.

One document described how Huawei scrambled

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Canadian telcos tap Ericsson, Nokia for 5G gear, ditching Huawei

TORONTO/BENGALURU, (Reuters) – Two of Canada’s largest telecoms firms on Tuesday teamed with Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and Finland’s Nokia Oyj (NOKIA.HE) to build fifth-generation (5G) telecoms networks, ditching China’s Huawei Technologies for the project.

FILE PHOTO: A general view of an exterior of the Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, January 24, 2020. TT News Agency/Fredrik Sandberg via REUTERS

Bell Canada (BCE.TO) and smaller rival Telus Corp (T.TO) eschewed Huawei, which analysts said would ease the Canadian government’s thorny decision on whether to allow the company into Canada’s 5G network.

Bell, Canada’s largest cellphone provider, announced it would partner with Ericsson for its core 5G network. Previously, it said Nokia would provide other parts of its 5G tech. Telus picked Ericsson and Nokia as its equipment suppliers, the company said in a separate statement. Rogers Communications (RCIb.TO), the other dominant telecoms

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Canadian telcos tap Ericsson, Nokia for 5G equipment amid Huawei uncertainty

FILE PHOTO: A general view of an exterior of the Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, January 24, 2020. TT News Agency/Fredrik Sandberg via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Bell Canada (BCE.TO) on Tuesday chose Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST) to be its 5G network equipment supplier, while smaller rival Telus Corp (T.TO) picked Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia Oyj (NOKIA.HE), with Huawei continuing to face an uncertain future in the country.

The announcements come a week after Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s Chief Operating Officer Meng Wanzhou was dealt a setback by a Canadian court as she tries to avoid extradition to the United States to face bank fraud charges.

Canada, which is reviewing the security implications of 5G networks, is yet to decide on allowing Huawei to build 5G cellphone networks in the country.

While Huawei awaits the Canadian government’s decision, the company said it supports Bell’s

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China is using Huawei to drive a wedge in the UK-U.S. special relationship: senator

LONDON (Reuters) – China is using telecoms giant Huawei to try to drive a wedge between Britain and the United States, Republican senator Tom Cotton told British lawmakers on Tuesday.

A man walks past a Huawei company logo at the International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing, China August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Cotton is one of several members of the U.S. Congress who have sought to put pressure on Britain to reverse its January decision to give China’s Huawei Technologies a limited role in building Britian’s next-generation 5G networks.

“It is my hope that the special relationship remains strong although I fear China is attempting to drive a hi-tech wedge between us using Huawei,” Cotton told the British parliament’s defense committee.

The United States has raised security concerns about Huawei equipment, saying it could be used to steal Western secrets, and has warned that allies that use it in their

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