JAKARTA, March 20 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
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