Nokia pledges to end legacy JV with Huawei - Mobile World Live

Nokia pledges to end legacy JV with Huawei

12 APR 2023
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Nokia vowed to push ahead with a plan to offload its majority stake in TD Tech, a joint venture established with Huawei in 2004 to build 3G systems for the China market.

In a statement to Mobile World Live, a Nokia representative called TD Tech a “legacy joint venture” which pivoted into handsets, modems and other devices, claiming there are “no operational activities” between TD Tech and Nokia.

Nokia added that since the business does “not fit Nokia’s strategic focus as a B2B technology innovation leader“, it entered into an agreement to sell its share in the JV to New East Materials, a maker of inks and adhesives.

The closing of a deal, the vendor noted, is subject to conditions, with the sale only moving ahead if the conditions are met.

On 9 April, Huawei issued a statement claiming it doesn’t have “any willingness or possibility” to jointly operate TD Tech with New East Materials, noting the proposed buyer must have the same strategic capabilities .



Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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