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Sweden Bans Huawei, ZTE From Upcoming 5G Networks
Reuters via Epoch Times ^ | 10/20/2020

Posted on 10/20/2020 8:58:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

STOCKHOLM—Sweden on Tuesday banned on security grounds the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network ahead of a spectrum auction scheduled for next month, joining other European nations that have restricted the role of Chinese suppliers.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) said the setting of the licence conditions followed assessments by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service, which called China “one of the biggest threats against Sweden”.

European governments have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks, following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied being a national security risk.

The United Kingdom in July ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, becoming one of the first European countries to do so.

Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the decision by Sweden, home to Ericsson, one of Europe’s leading telecoms equipment suppliers. The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately comment.

Ericsson, unlike Nokia, has won contracts from all three major operators in China to supply radio equipment for 5G networks, and could be at risk if the Chinese government decides to retaliate.

“It could be that some of the European vendors will sell less in China going forward if the Chinese are selling less in Europe going forward,” CEO Kjell Johnsen of Swedish-based telecom operator Tele2 said in a post-earnings conference call.

Likely Beneficiaries

The Swedish ban is likely to benefit Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia. Keith Krach, the U.S. undersecretary of state for economic affairs, had earlier said the Scandinavian companies were the only ones that European governments should choose.

Ericsson and Nokia declined to comment on the ban.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 5g; huawei; sweden; technology; zte

1 posted on 10/20/2020 8:58:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My opinion of Sweden is rising! Despite their somewhat high taxation, they get a lot of things right.

Does anyone here believe Dr. Fauci can find Sweden on a map?

And if asked, (which the Pressycophants will not do), could he intelligently discuss the Swedish Covid response and success?


2 posted on 10/20/2020 9:06:35 AM PDT by cookcounty (Susan Rice: G Gordon Liddy times 10.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Pei Ping.


3 posted on 10/20/2020 10:06:26 AM PDT by KC_Lion
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To: SeekAndFind

The hits just keep on coming.


4 posted on 10/20/2020 6:37:00 PM PDT by WASCWatch
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To: SeekAndFind

The Trump Effect. This doesn’t happen if not for Trump.


5 posted on 10/20/2020 6:37:54 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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