Sweden halts 5G auction after court grants relief to Huawei Technologies

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Swedish telecoms regulator PTS on Monday halted 5G spectrum auctions following a court suspended elements of its own decision that had excluded Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei from 5G networks.

Sweden past month followed the UK in banning Huawei gear from the 5G network citing national security risks and asked companies taking part in 5G spectrum auctions to remove parts from the business by January the 1st, 2025.

Huawei last week appealed from the decision.

Particular pieces of PTS’ decision prior to the upcoming 5G auctions will not apply until further notice, the Stockholm administrative court said in a decision which would allow Huawei’s involvement in Sweden’s impending 5G spectrum auction.

“We are eager to collaborate fully regarding any future requirements they can put as a supplier of 5G equipment that will let us become a certified seller,” he said.

PTS said it had informed the operators about the auction halt and would review the possibilities of starting the process as soon as possible.

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“This is not a victory for Huawei and it is not a loss for the Swedish authorities,” said industry consultant John Strand. “The uncertainty linked to the requirement for the voucher is the reason PTS is halting the auction process,” he said.

The auctions, which were delayed earlier due to security review, would allocate frequencies in the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands, crucial for 5G as those bands can support advanced applications due to their high data carrying capacity.

“The decision granting a stay means that the terms regarding, among other things, the use of merchandise from Huawei until further notice don’t apply throughout the Administrative Court’s continuing deliberation of the case,” Senior Judge Johan Lundmark stated in a court statement.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Helena Soderpalm and Supantha Mukherjee. Editing by Niklas Pollard and Tom Brown.

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