Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from upcoming 5G networks

Sweden banned the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network on security grounds 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.