The Swedish telecom regulator PTS suspended the auction of 5G spectrum on Monday, after the court suspended part of the ruling that excluded Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei from the 5G network.

Sweden last month used the United Kingdom to ban Huawei equipment from entering its 5G network, citing national security risks, and required companies participating in the 5G spectrum auction to remove components from the company before January 1, 2025.

Huawei appealed the decision last week.

The Stockholm Administrative Court said in a decision that before the upcoming 5G auction, certain PTS decisions will not apply until further notice. The decision will allow Huawei to participate in the upcoming 5G spectrum auction in Sweden.

Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s executive vice president for Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, told Reuters that Huawei has no plans to take more legal actions and is waiting for constructive dialogue with the Swedish authorities.

He said: “We are willing to cooperate fully on their future requirements as a 5G equipment supplier, which will enable us to become a certified supplier.”

The auction is expected to start on Tuesday, which will benefit Nokia and Ericsson, as PTS has asked participating companies to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their infrastructure.

The interim secretariat said that it has notified the operator of the suspension of the auction and will review the possibility of starting the auction process as soon as possible.

Industry consultant John Strand said: “This is not a victory for Huawei, nor is it a loss for the Swedish government.” He said: “The uncertainty related to the auction conditions is the reason PTS suspended the auction process.”

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Due to the security review, the auction was postponed a bit. The auction will allocate frequencies in the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands, which are critical for 5G, as these bands can support advanced applications due to their high data carrying capacity.

Senior Judge Johan Lundmark said in a court statement: “The decision to approve the suspension means that, until further notice, the terms involving the use of Huawei’s products do not apply.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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