CM – Huawei says it didn’t spy on the Dutch telecommunications network

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The Chinese telecommunications giant has denied allegations that its equipment is a backdoor for Beijing. Photo: Hollie Adams / Bloomberg

Huawei has refused to tap 6.5 million Dutch people, including former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (left), who can be seen here with former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Photo: Jock Fistick / Bloomberg

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Huawei has denied tapping cell phone calls or data messages from 6.5 million Dutch people, including high-ranking politicians, using telecommunications operator KPN.

The allegation was published in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, which claims to have seen a report for KPN prepared by the consulting firm Capgemini in 2010.

According to the newspaper, the report claims that Huawei could access calls and texts that were routed through the Dutch operator up to and including the then Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will be.

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Huawei has refused to tap 6.5 million Dutch people, including former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (left), who can be seen here with former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Photo: Jock Fistick / Bloomberg

KPN has denied the newspaper report, stating that the report exists but “has never seen Huawei take in customer information”.

The operator also says that “no provider of KPN [had unauthorized, uncontrolled and unrestricted access to the networks and systems or was able to eavesdrop on KPN customers or display eavesdropping information « .

A Huawei spokesman said the activity documented in the Capgemini report was technical could not have taken place.

“The claim that the Prime Minister could be overheard by us is completely wrong and an underestimation of the security of the wiretapping environment. That is simply not possible, « said Gert-Jan van Eck, COO of Huawei Netherlands.

The report will serve as a reminder of the security disputes that exist around the Chinese telecommunications infrastructure company. The U.S. government has made efforts to ban the company’s devices from European phone and broadband networks, claiming Huawei is vulnerable to Chinese security disruptions. Huawei has always denied the claim, claiming it was trapped at the center of a global economic war between the US and China.

Only one of the Irish cellular networks, Eir, uses Huawei as the main component for 5G. However, some major Irish telecommunications networks use Huawei in at least some of their networks or equipment packages.

In Ireland, Huawei employs 480 people, mostly in research and development. A new recruiting campaign was recently announced to bring the workforce to 590.

The new IDA supported jobs, part of an EUR 80 million investment, will be in the Dublin, Cork and Athlone headquarters , be located.

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