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On Thursday, Nokia, the Finnish network equipment company, announced that it had filed a court appeal against the Romanian government’s decision to bar it from providing 5G technology in the country.

In 2021, Romania’s centrist government passed legislation backed by the United States that effectively prevented Huawei from participating in the country’s 5G network construction.

In a statement, Nokia said it was able to confirm that it was told that it had been denied the authorization to provide 5G infrastructure equipment in Romania by the Romanian government in February.

Legal proceedings in motion

The company added that it is seeking urgent clarification for the reasoning behind the decision and has started legal proceedings. Aside from that statement, Nokia did not offer more details.

The news was reported by The Romania Journal publication, stating that Nokia Solutions and Networks OY and Nokia Networks SRL sued the Romanian government after failing to get the authorization needed from the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT).

The decision by CSAT not to give authorization is what will prevent Nokia from participating in building the nation’s 5G networks.

A reason is yet to be given

The legal proceedings started on the 25th of March at the Bucharest Court of Appeal. However, until this point, the government has not given any reason why it did not provide Nokia approval.

The law permitting the outcome was instated last year, with some analysts saying Chinese companies were likely the target of the new law. Some local Romanian companies have already received their CSAT approval.

The legislation passed dictates that mobile operators must remove core network technology provided by unauthorized suppliers within five years of the law going into effect.