Huawei loses appeal over Swedish government’s 5G rollout ban in local court

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A Swedish court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by China’s Huawei over the government’s decision to ban the networking equipment giant from rolling out 5G mobile network infrastructure in the Nordic country.

The Stockholm Administrative Court of Appeal said in a statement that it believed it was fair to assume that the use of Huawei’s products in core functions of the 5G network “may harm Sweden’s security”.

After the UK in the summer of 2020, Sweden has become the second country in Europe and the first in the EU to explicitly ban Huawei from almost all of the network infrastructure needed to run its 5G mobile network. .

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Beijing warned at the time that the decision by the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS) could have “consequences” for companies in the Scandinavian country in China, prompting the Swedish telecommunications giant and competitor of Huawei Ericsson to s worry about retaliation.

The PTS decision also included a provision that equipment already installed must be removed no later than January 1, 2025, which the appeals court also upheld.

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“The security of Sweden is a particularly strong interest and the decision of the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority is based on a real, present and sufficiently serious threat to the security of Sweden,” Judge Anita Linder said in a statement. communicated.

Huawei first appealed the decision to a lower court which also sided with PTS in June 2021.

In a statement to TSWT, Huawei said it was “disappointed” with the court’s decision.

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“We will analyze the decision and assess our next steps, including further legal remedies under Swedish law and European law, in order to continue to protect our legitimate rights and interests,” the company said.

In January, the Chinese tech giant announced that it had “initiated arbitration proceedings” at the World Bank Group’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against Sweden for the PTS decision.


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