Two Huawei employees had been arrested in Poland over allegations of spying for the Chinese government. Polish security agents searched both the offices of Huawei and Orange, seizing documents and electronic data. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
While the details of their alleged espionage have not yet been made public, a spokesman for Poland's security services has told Reuters that the allegations are related to individual actions, not directly related to Huawei.
Huawei's relations with British authorities hit a low last month when a top official walked out of a meeting with the Chinese company over its perceived failure to fix security holes in its products, sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.
In a statement, Huawei said it "complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based".
Past year the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America. NPR also notes that Huawei has the biggest market share in Poland's cellphone market, with about a third. It said the man also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk. They will remain in custody for three months.
The Canadian government past year launched a new security review of Huawei's 5G technology, which at least two major Canadian carriers have said they plan to test in small-scale pilots. Various countries, including the Britain, France, Germany, Norway, have publicly raised concerns about using Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks.
The Huawei employee was identified as the company's sales director for Poland, Weijing W., while the Polish citizen, Piotr D., worked for a telecommunications company called Orange Polska.
Norway's comments come at a time in the country is seeking to stamp out vulnerabilities in its telecoms networks.
The accusations adds a new front for Huawei, as it battles allegations that its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou conspired to defraud banks to unwittingly clear transactions linked to Iran, in violation of United States sanctions.
The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "greatly concerned" and that it expects Poland to "justly" manage the case. The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings. In New Zealand, the Government Communications Security Bureau turned down Spark's bid to use Huawei equipment on the new 5G network in November.