Swedish court upholds ban on Huawei sale of 5G gear

A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday upheld a ruling by a lower court that banned Huawei (HWT.UL) from selling 5G equipment in the country, in the latest setback to the Chinese telecoms company's hopes of staging a comeback. 

In 2020, Swedish telecom regulator PTS unexpectedly banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment to Swedish mobile firms..

citing security concerns raised by Sweden's security service, a decision the company challenged in the court.  

The issue arose after the United States alleged that China could use Huawei equipment for spying..

and European governments followed suit by tightening controls on Chinese-built 5G networks. Huawei has denied being a national security risk.  

Sweden had asked its telecom companies to remove gear made by Huawei and Chinese rival ZTE (000063.SZ) from existing infrastructure and core functions before Jan. 1, 2025. 

Huawei's Swedish unit said in a statement on Wednesday it was disappointed by the verdict from the Stockholm's Administrative Court of Appeal. 

"We will analyse the ruling, and evaluate our next steps, including other legal remedies under Swedish law and EU law..

in order to continue to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests," Huawei wrote.  

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