Ericsson wins over Huawei in Norway

Telenor, Norway’s largely state-owned telecoms firm, finally announced its choice for building out its 5G network in its home market, and it’s not China’s controversial technology giant Huawei. In choosing Sweden’s Ericsson instead, Telenor has clearly paid attention not only to security concerns but political as well. Huawei, which now ranks as the world’s largest […]

Norway defies new squeeze over China

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s biggest ally, the US, views China as an emerging threat that won’t play by the rules, and NATO addressed concerns over China for the first time last week. Norway, meawhile, remains intent on  negotiating a new free trade deal with the non-democratic China that’s under fire for massive human rights abuses. Critics […]

Norway’s ‘Jens’ to calm NATO nerves

NEWS ANALYSIS: As nervous and bickering leaders of NATO member countries gathered in London on Tuesday, their own Norwegian leader Jens Stoltenberg was using all his diplomatic and folksey skills to keep them united. Norway’s biggest dilemma, meanwhile, is over the US’ proposal that NATO view China as a threat. Stoltenberg already tried in advance […]

China meets some new opposition

NEWS ANALYSIS: Nine years after the Norwegian Nobel Committee infuriated Chinese officials by awarding the Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao, the conciliatory tone that other Norwegian officials felt forced to adopt may finally get tougher. Telia Norge’s decision this week to dump Huawei as a supplier for the mobile operator’s 5G network […]

Protests persist after top Chinese visit

NEWS ANALYSIS: What does this man and his Chinese government colleagues want from Norway? Many suspect more influence in the Arctic, lucrative trade deals and tacit acceptance of their authoritarian regime after Li Zhanshu, China’s third most-powerful leader, visited Oslo and Stavanger last week. Protests and angry questions are still flying after both Norwegian and […]

MP accuses China of ‘manipulation’

UPDATED: “It’s clear China has manipulated us,” declared a Member of Parliament to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday afternoon. MP Petter Eide was responding to NRK’s report about how the Chinese Embassy in Oslo managed to prevent Amnesty International from mounting a protest when China’s third most-powerful man visits the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. Eide […]

China’s ambassador leaves in a storm

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway since 2016, is due to bid farewell King Harald V on Friday and leave the country, just after Norwegian intelligence agencies have branded China as a major security threat. The Chinese Embassy in Oslo has refuted and harshly criticized the warnings, while the Norwegian government has also been criticized […]

‘China and Russia pose biggest threat’

Norway’s military intelligence unit (E-tjenesten) delivered its annual evaluation of national security on Monday, and pointed to the same largest threat as the state’s police intelligence unit did last week: spying by foreign countries, with China and Russia as the most active. Lt General Morten Haga Lunde, head of the agency formally known as Etterretnings-tjenesten, […]

Visma: ‘Check your systems constantly’

The Oslo-based technology and financial services firm Visma, which has disclosed a hacker attack on its systems last fall, is urging all companies and organizations to constantly check all their logs and systems for any signs of intrusion. Visma believes that its early discovery of its own intrusion played a critical role in fending off […]

China blamed for hack into Visma

UPDATED: Just days after Norway’s police intelligence agency warned of cyberattacks carried out by hackers in Russia and China, large Norwegian data firm Visma confirmed it had been the target of such an attack. US investigators believe it came from China. The first indication of the attack came September 4,  Oslo-based Visma’s security chief Espen […]