Ericsson CEO intrigued on Huawei global tussles by CNBC interviewer at WEF
The Huawei angle was to try to get Ekholm to reveal what a handy thing it has been for Ericsson that Huawei is being given such a hard time, but he wasn't having it. Having presumably been thoroughly briefed by his PR team, his first forward defensive stroke was to say he prefers to focus on what he can control, from which he deflected onto all the 5G R&D Ericsson is doing.
The interviewer decided to have one more go, for old times sake, and ask if Ericsson was experiencing any fallout from the Huawei situation. "What you see right now is that all operators around the world start to say, 'Okay, what does this mean?' so it creates a little bit of uncertainty, or a lot of uncertainty," said Ekholm.
"We haven't really seen anything in our order books, but we see worried customers, and concerned customers, and I think that is never good for the investment climate either, so how this is going to pan out, I don't know, that's why I still think it's a debate that can be had better by others, we focus on what we can do." Upon which he reverted back to his standard mantra around investment and all that jazz.