Sweden is the home country of one of the major competitors in the global 5G network. The European country has announced the ban of Huawei and ZTE from its 5G construction. According to the Swedish regulating agency, the ban will be official before the spectrum auction scheduled for next month. The Swedish Post and Telecommunications Administration (PTS) stated that the permit conditions were formulated after evaluation by the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Security Agency.
Under pressure from the United States, European governments have been evaluating the role of Chinese companies in building next-generation networks. In July of this year, the UK banned Huawei from its 5G network. It hopes to completely eliminate Huawei from its system by 2027.
No immediate response from Huawei and ZTE
Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sweden’s decision. PTS also stated that companies participating in the auction must remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their existing core functions before January 1, 2025. The so-called core functions of this regulatory agency refer to the service and maintenance equipment used to construct wireless access networks, transmission networks, core networks, and networks.
While Ericsson, a Swedish company enjoys massive 5G contracts from China, Chinese companies can not enjoy the same. China does not seem to be interested in banning companies. China prohibits the likes of Facebook and a few other software companies. It seems to be comfortable with the situation. With the ban on Huawei and other Chinese companies by the U.S., many have been expecting some sort of retaliation. However, the Chinese government does not seem to have an interest in that.
Despite the ban on Huawei by a couple of countries, Huawei’s 5G development plan is still strong. The company is still advancing 5G and it is also winning more contracts.
South Korea says it will not ban Huawei
In other reports, South Korea has said that it will not ban a particular company. According to South Korean media reports, a South Korean diplomat revealed that in the fifth South Korea-U.S. strategic economic dialogue held on October 14, the U.S. side reiterated the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s proposed “clean network” plan, in the name of national security risks, to pressure South Korea to stop using Huawei and other Chinese technology companies’ 5G equipment.
However, the South Korean official responded by saying that the choice of equipment and technology used by telecom operators is the company’s own and that the South Korean government will not interfere with the decisions of private companies.