Sweden court upholds 5G sales ban against Chinese telecom giant Huawei

The Stockholm Administrative Court maintained a prohibition on Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies selling 5G equipment. In October of last year, Sweden’s telecom regulator, the Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), blacklisted the business and its Chinese equivalent, Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation (ZTE), citing security concerns raised by Swedish intelligence agencies.

PTS has also set two requirements for applicants to its spectrum auctions in the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands, which are critical for the country’s 5G network development. PTS stipulated that Huawei equipment may not be used in new installations, and that Huawei products must be phased out of existing infrastructure by January 1, 2025.

In November, Huawei filed an appeal with the Stockholm administrative court, arguing that the unreasonable requirements for suppliers to 5G network operators should be abolished. Due to the ban’s potential to inflict significant financial and goodwill harm, a Stockholm court granted Huawei a partial injunction on the PTS decision.

The regulator can continue to apply its conditions for 5G network expansion despite the judicial review pending before the Stockholm administrative court, according to the Court of Appeal, which revoked the injunction and held that the regulator can continue to apply its conditions for 5G network expansion despite the judicial review pending before the Stockholm administrative court.

The telecommunications behemoth still has the option of appealing the Stockholm court’s decision to the Court of Appeal. However, with nations such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy progressively restricting its involvement in 5G rollouts, the firm looks to face a number of fights before making an impact in the European market.

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