The Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS) – which is responsible for regulating Swedish telecommunications – has suspended the auction of 5G networks, after the court suspended parts of the authority’s decision that excluded the Chinese company Huawei for telecommunications equipment from 5G networks.
Sweden last month followed the UK in banning Huawei equipment from the 5G network due to national security risks.
It asked the companies participating in the 5G auction to remove the components from the Chinese company by January 1, 2025.
Huawei last week appealed against the decision.
The Stockholm Administrative Court said in a decision that would allow Huawei to participate in the upcoming 5G network frequency auction in Sweden: Certain parts of the Swedish Post and Communications Authority decision will not be implemented before the upcoming 5G auctions until further notice.
(Kenneth Fredriksen), Huawei’s executive vice president for Central Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, said: “Huawei does not have a plan for further legal actions at this stage, and is waiting for a constructive dialogue with the Swedish authorities.”
He added: We are ready to cooperate fully with regard to any future requirements that they may raise as suppliers of 5G equipment that will enable us to be certified vendors.
The auction was expected to start from today, Tuesday, and Nokia and Ericsson would benefit from it, as the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority asked the companies participating in the auction to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their infrastructure.
The Swedish Post and Communications Authority said: It has informed the operators to stop the auction, and will review the possibilities of starting the process as soon as possible.
Industry consultant (John Strand) John Strand said: This is not a victory for Huawei, nor a loss for the Swedish government, adding that ambiguity related to the condition of the auction is the reason why the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority stopped the auction process.
The auction, which has been delayed due to the security review, allocates frequencies in the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands, which are very important for the 5G network; Because it supports advanced applications, given its high data transfer capacity.
Chief Justice (Johan Lundmark) said in a statement to the court: The decision means that the conditions relating to the use of products from Huawei until further notice do not apply during the continuous deliberations of the Administrative Court on the case.