The Swedish government on Tuesday decided to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei and ZTE technology on the country’s 5G mobile network, citing security concerns.
This ban is in line with new legislation that came into force in January following an investigation by the Swedish Armed Forces and Security Service to ensure that the use of radio equipment does not pose a threat to Swedish security.
The Swedish government’s decision also stipulates that Huawei and ZTE must dismantle the equipment already installed in the country by 1 January 2025.
Swedish telecoms regulator PTS also announced on Thursday that it had approved four bids for the purchase of 5G frequencies. All companies are from Sweden – Hi3G Access, Net4Mobility, Telia Sweden and Teracom.
The United States points out that Huawei and ZTE have close ties to the Chinese Communist government and warns that their technology could be used for espionage in Beijing. Both companies categorically reject such allegations.
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