With the US finally loosening their tight rules on Huawei, you may think that we will be seeing the end of any dramatic turns related to the Chinese company. But it seems that Nokia's CTO also sees issues with Huawei and this has, unsurprisingly, made Nokia look bad and a victim of attacks by Huawei supporters.
Recently, Nokia CTO Marcus Weldon, spoke about the 5G issue in an interview with the British media. According to him, Huawei’s 5G device defects are obvious. Though some of the problems may be unintentional, such as not fixing bugs, upgrading, etc., but some problems are very confusing. He further explained that Huawei’s 5G security is actually unsafe.
More importantly, he expressed his approval for the US to suppress Huawei and believe that the US crackdown on Huawei has made the market fair because Huawei has lost its unfair capital advantage. That's definitely a bold statement to make. While it's true that the US position on Huawei is obviously an opportunity for Huawei’s competitors but because of the sensitivity of the issue, the likes of Nokia, Ericsson, and other companies would rarely talk about Huawei’s problems.
Unsurprisingly, the statements of Nokia’s CTO led to widespread agitation and attack on Nokia. The company quickly released an official statement saying “we recently had an executive who used the BT network to make comments on the potential impact of competitors’ products, this statement does not represent Nokia’s official opinion.”
That's not the only problem Nokia has faced. Before this public relations accident, Nokia Telecom was also rumored to have withdrawn from China, but the official also quickly denied this. He said "the Chinese market has always been very important to us, and we believe that in China’s 5G construction, we will play a huge role. At the same time, our flexible supply chain ensures that the company structure will not change because of the government’s requirements for our source of procurement."