An appeals court in Sweden has upheld an earlier ruling which bars Chinese equipment vendor Huawei from providing 5G systems to the country’s telcos, Reuters reports. As part of its auction of 5G-suitable spectrum in 2020 the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) said that Huawei equipment could not be used as part of network rollouts on the grounds of national security, with Swedish authorities worried about Huawei’s links to the Chinese government.
The move was challenged by the vendor, but the ban was upheld by a lower court in 2021 and has now been reinforced by the latest appeals court decision. The ban also covers another Chinese supplier, ZTE.
Huawei’s Swedish unit said in a statement: ‘We will analyse the ruling, and evaluate our next steps, including other legal remedies under Swedish law and EU law, in order to continue to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests.’
As a retaliatory move, Swedish vendor Ericsson has seen some of its contracts cut in China, forcing it to downsize its business in what was formerly one of its largest markets.