Nokia Siemens Networks has repelled suggestions that
Iran is using technology provided by the company to furtively keep a tab on the online activities of its citizens.
The company came under suspicion after it was observed in a Wall Street Journal report that it could have supplied the necessary eavesdropping equipment to Iran, although it was more a surmisal rather than a firm accusation.
The company has defended itself by claiming that it only furnished telecommunications equipment - freely deployed by Western democracies as well - that can only be used to intercept voice calls. It denies selling any internet technology to Iran. A spokesman for the company reassured everyone that Nokia Siemens holds its own code of conduct and international trade laws sacrosanct and acts in accordance with them.