Nokia Makes It Very Clear That It's Not Endorsing Its Chief Tech Officer Shit-Talking Huawei

By Shabana Arif on at

Nokia is walking back the comments its chief technology officer, Marcus Weldon, made about Huawei that suggested its telecoms kits could threaten the UK's 5G network.

Weldon made the comments to the BBC, citing a report from US security firm Finite State that concluded that Huawei devices were "less secure than comparable devices" from other manufacturers in "virtually all categories."

Weldon weighed in with his opinion on the report, saying a lot of the security issues were down to "sloppiness" from not rolling out patches and upgrades. However, he added that "some of it is real obfuscation, where they make it look like they have the secure version when they don't."

As you can imagine, shit-talking a direct competitor who is already saturated with shit from the shit-storm its at the centre of hasn't gone down very well at all.

Huawei called the comments "misleading" pointing out that "in the UK, [Huawei is] subject to the most rigorous oversight compared to any competitors in our sector," which is something Weldon himself acknowledged, but that didn't stop him from claiming that Nokia's telecoms equipment is a "a safer bet".

Nokia has decided that Weldon is talking a load of old bollocks by the looks of things, and released a statement distancing itself from his comments.

"Nokia is focused on the integrity of its own products and services and does not have its own assessment of any potential vulnerabilities associated with its competitors," is said. Off the back of the statement, Huawei followed up with its own sassy statement, congratulating Nokia for admitting that "ill-informed loose talk does not help our customers or the industry more widely".

Things are looking up for Huawei at least, as President Trump has said that he'll be relaxing sanctions on Huawei as part of trade talks with China. [BBC]