Sweden’s 5G auction should go ahead following court ruling

18 Jan 2021

The Supreme Administrative Court in Sweden has ruled that Chinese vendor Huawei cannot challenge a decision to exclude its equipment from the country’s 5G rollouts, meaning the delayed 5G spectrum auction should go ahead as planned on 19 January. According to a report from Reuters, Huawei says that it is still awaiting a decision on two other appeals lodged against the ban in November. The firm says going ahead with the auction while a legal challenge is still pending would have ‘serious consequences’. Swedish equipment firm Ericsson has supported Huawei’s position, saying the ban is a restriction on free competition.

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) is auctioning 5G-capable spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands.