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Nov 09, 2020 02:40 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Huawei Fights Back Against Swedish 5G Ban

What’s new: Huawei has launched a legal appeal against Sweden’s ban to exclude the telecom giant from the country’s 5G networks, according to a company statement on Saturday. The company is hoping the administrative court of Stockholm will issue a preliminary injunction stopping the ban from taking effect.

The decision of the Sweden Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is made without factual evidence and lawful reasons, Huawei claimed in the statement, adding that it is open to cooperation with local telecom operators and government officials to meet the country’s 5G network safety standards.

The background: The legal action comes five days before the Sweden telecom regulator plans to start auctioning off the country’s 5G spectrum from Nov. 10. In a statement last month, PTS asked the country’s four telecom providers to remove products from both Huawei and its much smaller Chinese peer ZTE by January 2025.

PTS said the decision to ban the two Chinese telecom suppliers is based on an assessment by the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Security Service, which work to ensure the use of foreign radio equipment does not “cause harm to Sweden’s security.”

In response to Sweden’s ban last month, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a press briefing that the move by Sweden to restrict the role of Chinese telecom companies and “politicize” the normal economic cooperation between two countries is a violation of international economic and trade agreements.

Contact reporter Anniek Bao (yunxinbao@caixin.com) and editor Marcus Ryder (marcusryder@caixin.com)

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