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Huawei Appeals 5G Court Decision After Exclusion from Swedish Network

David Paul

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The firm is unhappy that Swedish telecoms regulator PTS can resume 5G spectrum auctions when Huawei is excluded from Sweden’s 5G rollout.

Chinese firm Huawei has filed legal action against a Swedish court decision siding with domestic network regulator PTS.

The 16 December court ruling said that PTS will be allowed resume 5G spectrum auctions following last years decision to ban Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G rollout.

In a statement, Huawei said that that PTS’ conditions in practice exclude it from the Swedish market as the regulator decided on them without giving Huawei a chance to respond. This, it says, is in “conflict with basic European principles.”

Huawei had previously challenged PTS, which led to a court injunction that prevented the auctions from going ahead. However, courts in Sweden in December backed an appeal by PTS against a ruling to stop the auctions.

Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s Executive Vice President, Central East Europe and Nordic Region told Reuters: “There seems to be no willingness by PTS to revisit their decision.

“We believe it’s critical that the auction is once again stopped until the legal uncertainties are removed, either through court settlement or out of court settlements,” he said.

Last year, Sweden banned Huawei equipment from its 5G network, citing national security risks. Lawmakers asked companies taking part in 5G spectrum auctions to remove components from the company by January, 2025.

The ruling is Sweden is the next problem in a long list that Huawei has faced in recent years.

During his term in office, US President Donald Trump has been putting pressure on world governments to ban Huawei from their networks, citing possible Beijing collusion and concerns over national security.

The UK has already announced a full ban on Huawei equipment across the country’s 5G networks, with telecoms firms told they must remove Huawei 5G kits.

The date for the full ban is currently set for 2027, with any previously purchased kits allowed to be installed until then. However, last year the UK Government accelerated its ban on the Chinese company, stating that kits would now need to be removed by September 2021.

Telecoms firms such as BT has already begun phasing out Huawei hardware, signing a major deal in October 2020 to be supplied future kits by Ericsson.

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Continued moves against Huawei also appear to be well-founded. A report carried out by a Parliament Defence Committee into 5G security last year discovered ‘clear evidence’ of collusion between Huawei and Beijing.

Westminster’s report pointed to allegations that Huawei is funded by the Chinese government, as well as potentially having to comply with China’s national security laws, helping to justify the company’s removal from the UK’s network.

Tobias Ellwood MP, the chair of the defence committee, unveiled the report stating: “Protecting the public and preserving our nation’s security are amongst the principal responsibilities of government.

“The decision to embed a technology that compromises this would constitute a gross dereliction of these duties. The West must urgently unite to advance a counterweight to China’s tech dominance.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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