Chinese firm helps Iran spy on citizens

$130.6 million contract supplied by ZTE Corp

Reuters - A Chinese telecommunications equipment company has sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile and internet communications, interviews and contract documents show.

The system was part of a 98.6 million euro ($130.6 million) contract for networking equipment supplied by Shenzhen, China-based ZTE Corp to the Telecommunication Co of Iran (TCI), according to the documents. Government-controlled TCI has a near monopoly on Iran's landline telephone services and much of Iran's internet traffic is required to flow through its network.

The ZTE-TCI deal, signed in December 2010, illustrates how despite tightening global sanctions, Iran still manages to obtain sophisticated technology, including systems that can be used to crack down on dissidents >>>


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Arash Kamangir

China is the superdisgrace not a superpower

by Arash Kamangir on

china has done a lot of deals with IR in the past. People of Iran will not forget this. There will be times after IR is gone!

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

G.E and GTE to name some

tu khood hadis moffasal khan az in majma'; Amrika.



boycott ZTE

by Liberated on

This company should be made example of. Does anyone know of what US companies supply ZTE.  Legal and political pressure can be put on them to Boycott this company.  Chinese business is without morals and needs to be thought a lesson. 


G. Rahmanian

IR's Self Sufficiency!

by G. Rahmanian on

This must be part of IR's self-sufficiency plan. As IR's great president ahmadinejad likes to say: "Ajaleh nakonid. Haalaa sabr konid, bebinid ma che kar mekonim!"


First the Western firms....

by Bavafa on

And now the Chinese firms sucking the blood of innocent Iranians by aiding the criminal regime in Iran. Only Iranian people can emancipate themselves from the blood sucking West and East.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



ZTE should be sued

by choghok on

The ZTE company and any other company selling surveilance technology should be sued by the family of those killed and jailed and bankrupted. ZTE has a very bad reputation. They steal technology and being sued all the time for patent infringement by other companies.



by پندارنیک on

All of that and a bit help on tracking the foreign about that?