Sweden Bans Huawei, ZTE From Upcoming 5G Networks

Swedish regulators on Tuesday, October 20, banned the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network ahead of the spectrum auction scheduled for next month, reported CNBC.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) stated the setting of the license conditions followed assessments by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service.

European governments have been reviewing the role of Chinese companies in building their networks following pressure from the United States, which claims they pose a security threat because, among other concerns, Chinese companies and citizens must by law aid the state in intelligence gathering.

Sweden’s security service called China “one of the biggest threats against Sweden.”

The United Kingdom in July ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, becoming one of the first European countries to do so.

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