Huawei refutes false allegations in Belgian press

Updated: 2013-09-21 10:11


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BRUSSELS - Huawei, a world leader in the field of information and communication technology, "deeply regrets" Friday false allegations covered by Belgian press.

The daily DE MORGEN is the first to have suggested Wednesday that Huawei, one of the suppliers of the public company Belgacom, was suspected by the CIA, the American Parliament and the Belgian Security of State to engage in espionage activities.

On Friday, the daily L'ECHO and DE TIJD join this skepticism to affirm "suspicion about China, which have installed software for espionage", following the discovery of a serious intrusion into the Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo' office, and that China "perhaps was behind the hacking of the (Belgian) Ministry of Foreign Affairs".

"The fact is that there has not been any proof at all to support these false allegations. We will not jeopardize our global commercial success or the integrity of our customers' networks," said Huawei in a statement.

Claiming to be innocent under rumors, Huawei reiterated its "open, transparent and sincere attitude", and its commitment to "work with all governments, customers and partners to jointly address cyber security threats and challenges".

With a development which speed makes its competitors jealous, Huawei creates now 7,500 jobs, including 800 posts in research and development (R&D), in its 13 sites in Europe (Sweden, Finland, Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland and Italy).

The company's investment in R&D in Europe has doubled between 2010 and 2013, and will double again in the next five years, announced Huawei last week. Huawei expressed his ambition in Europe, to increase its sales in Europe and help Europe achieve its 2020 digital strategy.