STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A Swedish court has suspended a decision banning Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G network while it considers the merits of the case against the Chinese telecoms giant.
The ruling by the Stockholm administrative court forced the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) announced late Monday that it postponed an auction of 5G network frequencies that was due to have taken place yesterday. Huawei contests its ban as a security risk, claiming that it “lacks legal basis, violates fundamental human rights, violates fundamental EU legal principles… and is incorrect in substance”. PTS has said that its October 20 ban, which also affects Chinese company ZTE, is in line with new legislation “to ensure that the use of radio equipment in these (5G network) bands does not cause harm to Sweden’s security”.
The court ordered the PTS to submit its arguments so it could decide on the merits of the case.
Huawei said that the ban, which prohibits operators in Sweden from acquiring new equipment and gradually remove Huawei kit already installed on their 5G networks, will cause irreparable harm to its business.