Sweden to remove Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks

Sweden is yet another of the countries that have decided to ban Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks, becoming the second European country to make the difficult decision to take Huawei away from 5G infrastructure altogether. Out of curiosity, the first to do so was the United Kingdom.

Huawei and ZTE were thus banned from all “basic functions”, that is to say more or less from their entire network. “The new installations in central functions (…) must be carried out without Huawei or ZTE suppliers”, orders the Swedish Telecommunications Authority (PTS). Swedish operators who already use Huawei or ZTE equipment that can be used in 5G infrastructure, have until January 1, 2025 to withdraw them.

Huawei and ZTE banned from 5G networks in Sweden

Not surprisingly, this news was not very well received in China, which has expressed strong dissatisfaction with Sweden, Itamaraty spokesman Zhao Lijian said:

“Sweden must maintain an objective and fair attitude, and correct its wrong decision, in order to avoid a negative impact on economic and trade cooperation between the two countries and on the activities of Swedish companies in China.”

And Portugal? According to the latest information, which has not yet been confirmed, the country is considering not renewing the authorizations granted to operators wishing to purchase Huawei’s 5G equipment. This will lead to a gradual departure of the Chinese provider of mobile networks in Portugal … but this latest information has yet to be confirmed.


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