The allegations first surfaced in Austrian magazine Format . (See Huawei Linked to Contract Scandal.)
The European operator says it "would like to distance itself fiercely from such alleged business practices, which fell under the responsibility of the former management," and says it has "launched internal investigations into these allegations in order to examine those and to get the facts out on the table."
It added: "In the event that these allegations prove to be true, the Telekom Austria Group will take appropriate action against the supplier Huawei and any further persons or companies involved."
Telekom Austria also says it will require all suppliers to sign a Code of Conduct "designed for the precise behavior regarding purchase processes. In case of misconduct by the supplier financial consequences will be implicated."
Huawei responded to the allegations with an emailed statement issued shortly after Telekom Austria announced its investigation. (See Huawei Responds to Austrian Allegations .)
Huawei has found it difficult to shake off repeated allegations of unethical business practices, though of course it is not alone in being implicated in dubious business dealings:
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- Samsung Scandal
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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading