Excelcomindo says stops Huawei man stealing data

JAKARTA, March 20 Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:39am EDT

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JAKARTA, March 20 (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies has suspended an employee suspected of trying to steal data from Indonesian mobile firm Excelcomindo (EXCL.JK), according to officials at the firms on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Indonesia's third-largest mobile phone firm PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk said the visiting Huawei employee was caught by a member of staff at the firm but no company data was stolen.

Thong Poh Wah, a spokesman for Huawei [HWT.UL], said the employee had returned to China.

"The employee has been suspended while the company investigates the matter," he said.

"While the personal action by this employee is in no way connected with our company, Huawei has issued an official apology to our partner and has taken appropriate disciplinary action against the employee and also taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again," the spokesman added.

Hasnul Suhaimi, Excelcom's president director, told Reuters that it had received an apology over the incident.

"Huawei has apologised and explained it was not intentional," said Suhaimi.

The official said the incident happened last Friday, and the employee was caught trying to copy documents onto a USB memory stick.

He described the area where the incident happened as a "less important" part of the company, without elaborating.

Huawei, which competes against industry peers such as Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN.UL], has aggressively been seeking to gain market share in fast-growing markets like Indonesia. (Reporting by Andreas Ismar, Tarmo Virki in Helsinki and Kirby Chien in Beijing; Writing by Ed Davies, editing by Will Waterman)

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