Huawei appealed a court decision made in Sweden, which allowed the country’s telecoms regulator PTS to continue with its auction of 5G spectrums while excluding the Chinese company from participating in Swedish 5G networks.
On December 16, a Swedish court backed an appeal by PTS that sought to rule out Huawei from the country’s 5G networks. The court also said at the time that the Chinese telecom equipment maker could appeal the decision and challenge the exclusion.
On January 5, the company put out a statement saying that it appealed to the supreme administrative court, to challenge the PTS conditions, which guarantee that it can’t participate in the 5G rollout.
Huawei says in its complaint that the decision to exclude it conflicts with basic European principles. On December 18, PTS said that it would continue to auction the 5G spectrum on January 19, after it was forced to stop because Huawei’s challenge led to a court injunction.
The United States has been breathing down its allies’ necks, to get them to ban Huawei equipment from 5G networks.
The allegations justifying this decision to ban the company have all been built on the claim that the company has strong connections to Beijing, making it a vassal of the state and a potential security risk.
Huawei was willing to play by the rules
Sweden announced last year in October that it would ban Huawei and ZTE, both Chinese companies, from its 5G rollout because of the spying allegations raised by the US.
The companies participating in the auctions were then given until January 1, 2025, to remove the two firms’ gear from core functions and existing infrastructure.
Huawei spoke to Reuters in December and said it would be willing to meet any of the requirements set by the Swedish government, regarding 5G equipment and adherence to security measures.