AMSTERDAM, April 19 (Reuters) – Dutch telecommunications company KPN NV said on Monday that OEM Huawei had, to its knowledge, inappropriately monitored any of its mobile users, following a newspaper article according to which a 2010 consultants report pointed out such a risk.
China’s Huawei, KPN’s main equipment supplier for its 3G and 4G mobile networks, has categorically rejected any suggestion that it may have been poorly monitoring the telecom company’s users.
The article in De Volkskrant over the weekend cited a report prepared by consulting firm Capgemini for KPN, which it said reported that Huawei could have monitored user calls in 2010 without KPN knowing.
KPN confirmed the existence of the report, which was not released by KPN or De Volkskrant, but said it was intended to analyze risks.
“No KPN provider has ‘unauthorized, uncontrolled or unlimited’ access to our networks and systems, nor is it capable of listening to KPN customers,” the telecommunications company said, referring to the De Volkskrant story.
KPN added that the Capgemini report did not establish that Huawei had been monitoring users or taking data.
“In all the years, we have never observed Huawei taking customer information,” the company said.
He added: “Partly on the basis of the risk analysis in question, KPN then decided not to outsource the full maintenance of its basic mobile network.”
Capgemini declined to comment, citing customer confidentiality.
Huawei Netherlands said its employees do not have unauthorized access to KPN’s networks and data.
“Since we started in the Netherlands 15 years ago, we have never been accused by government bodies of acting in an unauthorized manner,” he added.
Huawei Netherlands chief operating officer Gert-Jan van Eck said allegations in the De Volkskrant article that even calls from the then-prime minister of the country could have been monitored were “absolutely not credible ”.
In July 2019, a Dutch government task force recommended tighter scrutiny of telecommunications equipment suppliers, but did not say, but did not say, that Huawei should be banned, despite government pressure. and warnings from the Dutch intelligence agency about the dangers of Chinese espionage.
In October 2020, KPN said Ericsson would build its main 5G mobile networks.
In November 2020, the government introduced new security measures for the telecommunications industry, including a background check of those with access to the networks.
Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Pravin Char