Huawei challenges Swedish ban

Chinese vendor Huawei has continued its fight back against its exclusion from European markets by launching a legal challenge to the Swedish decision.

A couple of weeks ago the Swedish comms regulator made its 5G auction conditional on the winners not using Huawei or ZTE kit – in other words, a ban. The usual security-related reasons were cited and it looked like Huawei was going to just accept it in the same way it has the UK one.

But now Reuters reports that Huawei has launched a formal appeal against the decision with the Swedish regulator. “What happens now is we will send the appeal to the administrative court of Stockholm,” a PTS spokesperson told Reuters. “After that, they will handle this case.”

Reuters also got a quote out of Huawei on the matter. “We think the decision that has been taken is not good for customers nor for Sweden in general,” said Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s EVP of Central East Europe and the Nordics. “We therefore want a Swedish court to look at if the decision has been taken through a proper process and according to the law.”

Why do companies always have to pretend that their own interests are perfectly aligned with the public good? Does Fredriksen really expect anyone to believe Huawei is acting out of concern for Sweden, rather than its own commercial interests? Huawei would probably get more sympathy if it was honest and just said “We think this was a bullshit decision, so we’re fighting it.”

Crude spin aside, Huawei has every right to insist it is granted all the legal due-process protections everyone else gets and to challenge those countries that have banned it to prove they have done so. This appeal represents another front for Huawei’s European legal counter-offensive, which already features Poland, Romania and Estonia. Presumably Sweden got its legal ducks in a row before making this decision, but that process will now be subject to much greater scrutiny.

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  1. Avatar Ronald Jones 06/11/2020 @ 3:30 pm

    Fear of the USA rather than quality and good value. Kissing up to the USA. What a reason to change you mind. Capitalism is short for American protectionism.

    • Avatar mick 06/11/2020 @ 11:59 pm

      keep crying for huawei and communist china

  2. Avatar happiman 07/11/2020 @ 5:42 am

    In general, doing business in China means either you’re bribing, colluding, cheating or stealing.

    “According to a report put together by Charney Research, 35 percent of Chinese firms surveyed said they’ve had to pay bribes in order to operate.”

    “Beijing is the most corrupt region, with 43 percent of firm reporting having to pay bribes.”

    Chinese believe in Communist party since they support systematic corruption.

  3. Avatar Hw 07/11/2020 @ 2:36 pm

    It is a desition of every country, what they will, or what they will not. Any question ?

  4. Avatar Sylvain Gagnon 07/11/2020 @ 5:29 pm

    They should appeal to all the countries where they have been banned.

  5. Avatar Lu 08/11/2020 @ 12:12 am

    It is sad to see Sweden going down the same racist and politically schizophrenic path which the US has promulgated.

    • Avatar happiman 09/11/2020 @ 5:26 pm

      It is China being bully and racist on their own people.

      “The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.”

  6. Avatar Jack 08/11/2020 @ 12:34 am

    Swedish Errisson will also be banned in China.

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