Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from upcoming 5G networks

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from upcoming 5G networks

Swedish regulations today banned the use of telecom equipment from China ZTE and Huawei in its 5G network ahead of the spectrum auction scheduled for the next month.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority said that the setting of the license conditions followed assessments by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service.

European governments have been reviewing the role of the Chinese companies in building their networks following pressure from the US, which says that 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”. […]