Huawei and ZTE barred from state telecoms contracts in Algeria for two years

11 Jun 2012

The Chinese telecoms equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE have been barred from tendering for state contracts in Algeria for two years after they were found to have bribed an executive at state-owned telco Algerie Telecom. Cellular News reports that the vendors have also been handed fines of DZD3 million (USD38,000) each. A local court has ruled that former Algerie Telecom executive Mohamed Boukhari and businessman Chami Madjdoub were guilty of taking bribes between 2003 and 2006. Both men have received prison sentences, while three Chinese workers – two from ZTE and one from Huawei – were sentenced in their absence to ten-year jail terms and a request for extradition has been made.