November 7, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
I'm looking for some views on the ability of infrastructure vendors to enable authorities to track citizens via their mobile phone, or control and censor networks.
Huawei on Friday issued a strong denial it's kit has been used for such means by Iran, following claims by the Wall Street Journal the vendor won contracts in the country based on its experience of censoring content in China.
That follows the infamous case of Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz suing Nokia Siemens in 2010 for enabling authorities to track him via his mobile, which has subsequently led to him being jailed.
It makes me wonder if vendor denials are nothing but hot air - specifically, does current telecoms infrastructure include an inherent ability to track/monitor traffic beyond simple business analysis tools?