Huawei denies interest in acquiring Nokia

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Comments made by Huawei’s head of consumer business yesterday (June 18) that it was “considering” buying Nokia have since been quashed

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has denied it has ambitions to buy Nokia.

The news follows a report from the Financial Times yesterday (June 18) which quoted Huawei’s head of consumer business Richard Yu as saying the company is “considering” the acquisition.

Yu said Huawei was “open minded” to buying the Finnish smartphone manufacturer, but that any deal would depend on the “willingness of Nokia”.

He implied Huawei would not take on Nokia’s chosen operating system, Windows Phone 8, but would use the company to produce more Android handsets.

Yu said: “Whether Windows Phone [will be] successful is difficult to say – it has a very small market share. Windows Phones are weak but still require a licence fee. That’s not good. Android is free.”

However Huawei’s vice president for external affairs, Bill Plummer, has now said the company “has no plans to acquire Nokia”.

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