In its ruling, the Administrative Court in Stockholm states that PTS has had reason to combine the licenses for Swedish 5G with Huawei being kept out of central functions by the operators by the operators. After hearing both sides, the Administrative Court states that it can be detrimental to national security if Huawei’s products are used in central parts of the 5G networks and also mentions that dependence on personnel or functions based in other countries can jeopardize Sweden’s security. During the trial, witnesses from Säpo, PTS and Tele2’s former chief technology officer Thomas Helbo were heard.
Topics raised during the trial are what Huwei’s ownership looks like, that Huawei itself considers itself owned by the employees, but where Säpo’s conclusion is that the ownership is managed by a trade union and that trade unions in China are under the control of the Communist Party.
– Sweden’s security is a weighty reason and the administrative court has taken into account that only the Security Police and the Armed Forces together have an overall picture regarding the security situation and the threat to Sweden, says the court’s chairman Ulrika Melin in a press release.
With the decision that has now been made, the operators who previously won the auction to build 5G networks are referred to other suppliers, such as Ericsson and Nokia. However, PTS, the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency are criticized by the Administrative Court for not communicating with Huawei. However, the court does not consider that this is justified enough to revoke the decision, but the ban stands. In addition to new network expansion, the ban also means that operators must phase out existing technology from Huawei by 1 January 2025.
It has previously been announced that Tele2 and Tre use equipment from Huawei in their existing 5G networks, while Telia uses Ericsson’s equipment.
The verdict can be appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court, so the last word does not have to be said.
Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.
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