As a result of the US trade conflict and the classification of Chinese Huawei as a security threat, the company has been questioned or banned for 5G expansion in most countries. One of these is Sweden, where the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has decided to ban Huawei technology on the advice of the Security Police (SÄPO) and the Swedish Armed Forces.
Huawei appealed the decision to the Administrative Court in Stockholm, which decided to temporarily stop the ban. PTS was recently acquitted in the case, and can thus conduct the 5G auction on January 19, despite the fact that Huawei’s appeal is still an ongoing lawsuit. With few possible remaining alternatives, Huawei addresses itself directly to the Swedish government in an open letter as a full-page advertisement in the newspaper Dagens Industri, which is also published in a press release.
Similar to the company’s previous criticism of the implementation of the 5G auction, Huawei states in the open letter that operators risk incurring large unnecessary costs. The company believes that this can lead to large costs for operators who are forced to tear out both new and old network technology without the legal issues surrounding this being decided. Huawei also believes that Sweden’s hard line on the issue goes against the EU’s guidelines for security in telecom networks.
It is completely unreasonable to conduct the auction right now while several legal proceedings are underway. This will lead to enormous costs for the operators and Swedish consumers and companies will have to pay the bill. Once the courts have announced their decisions, the legal situation will be clearer, it is a few months until then but it will be necessary to avoid further years of delay. – Kenneth Fredriksen, CEO of Huawei Europe
Huawei believes that the implementation of the 5G auction with the current model will hit the company hard financially, but also estimates that the costs of tearing out the company’s network technology amount to at least SEK 10 billion for the Swedish operators. For this reason, the company believes that it is better to delay the auction by a few months than to risk a major delay that could occur if the verdicts fall in Huawei’s favor.
If Huawei’s call to the government does not have the desired effect, the Swedish 5G auction for licenses for the 2.3 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands will be held on 19 January 2021.
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