Swedish 5G sale will proceed, but next year

17 Dec 2020

Sweden’s Court of Appeal is allowing the country’s 5G spectrum auction to proceed despite an earlier legal challenge from Chinese vendor Huawei, which had led to the postponement of the sale last month. On 10 November the Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) halted the auction after an Administrative Court in Stockholm upheld Huawei’s appeal against the licence conditions which barred winning bidders from using its equipment in their 5G networks. The clause had been included against Huawei and another Chinese vendor, ZTE, due to security concerns.

In a statement the PTS says that it welcomes the Court of Appeal decision, adding: ‘With this ruling, there are conditions for conducting the auction in the near future. However, PTS needs to contact the participating actors. This means that the auction will not now start in December.’