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Chinese technology giant Huawei has appointed new managers to its subsidiary in Syria, confirming its continued presence in the country despite reports it was considering quitting several years ago.


The Syrian government has imposed a temporary ban on mobile phone imports to preserve scarce foreign currency reserves. The decision favours influential businessmen who imported large volumes before the ban.


China’s Huawei is considering withdrawing from Syria, posing a serious challenge to the country’s telecommunications sector, and highlighting the unwillingness of Chinese companies to take the Syria risk.


In this 2,600-word factsheet we look at China’s economic interests in Syria.


The revenues of the Syrian Telecommunications Company, a rare state entity that is profitable, remained stable last year.


The U.S. Department of Commerce is launching a probe against Huawei Technologies for its dealings with Syria and other countries under sanctions.


Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications infrastructure company, has signed an agreement to advise the Syrian Government on its IT strategy.


The number of subscribers to broadband Internet in Syria has more than doubled in the last two years, according to official data.


The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has contracted Huawei to supply equipment to the Syrian section of the Regional Cable Network.


The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has contracted four companies to increase its landline network by 920,000 lines.


The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment will slash the monthly subscription rates to its post-paid broadband ADSL service starting March 1, 2009.

Revenues of the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE) should rise to SYP 66 billion next year from SYP 58 billion in 2008, according to its director-general, Nazem Bahsas.

The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has awarded Huawei a EUR 877,000 contract to install 33,000 new ADSL lines in Syria.