Sweden is set to reverse its decision to ban equipment from Chinese Huawei and ZTE on its 5G networks in view of the auction of the fifth generation of mobile communications scheduled for November to avoid a “negative impact” on its own businesses, the Chinese foreign minister said. “China expresses strong dissatisfaction with Sweden”Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during a regular press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.
The Swedish Telecom Authority (PTS) on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 ruled out the use of Huawei and ZTE equipment by companies participating in the 5G spectrum auction scheduled for next month. “Sweden should maintain an objective and fair attitude, and correct its wrong decision, in order to avoid having a negative impact on the economic and trade cooperation between China and Sweden and on the activities of Swedish companies in China.”, Zhao said.
The PTS said it followed the recommendations of the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish security service describing China as “one of the biggest threats to Sweden“Following pressure from Washington, European governments have tightened controls on Chinese companies involved in the construction of telecom networks, with Donald Trump’s government claiming they could spy on behalf of Beijing, which Huawei has said. repeatedly denied Wednesday, the Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson reported a quarterly current profit higher than analysts’ forecasts, supported in particular by several contracts won in China for the deployment of 5G.