Huawei appeals Swedish 5G ban

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Chinese telecoms group Huawei has appealed Sweden’s decision to ban it from the country’s 5G network for security reasons, a legal filing obtained by AFP yesterday showed.

The ban, announced by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) on October 20, “lacks legal basis, violates fundamental human rights, violates fundamental European Union (EU) legal principles… and is incorrect in substance,” Huawei wrote in its appeal to PTS and the Stockholm administrative court.

If carried out, it would cause “exceptionally comprehensive and irreparable damage” to its business, Huawei added. PTS has said that its ban, which also affects Chinese company ZTE, is in line with new legislation that took effect in January 2020, following an examination by Sweden’s armed forces and security service “to ensure that the use of radio equipment in these (5G network) bands does not cause harm to Sweden’s security.”

Carriers using any existing Huawei and ZTE installations must also remove them by January 2025, PTS said.

Attendees wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk past a booth from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing on October 14. PHOTO: AP