The Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS) ended the 5G band auction with additional terms, which require telecom operators not to use equipment made by Chinese businesses such as Huawei and ZTE in building 5G networks.
According to the Vietnam News Agency reporter in Hong Kong (China), speaking at a press conference on January 21, the spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOC) Cao Phong said: “There is not any evidence for Sweden. type of businesses China from building our 5G network under the pretext of being national security. “
Mr. Cao Phong emphasized: “This move violates the basic principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and international rules, and at the same time damages the legitimate rights and interests of businesses. Chinese industry. “
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The spokesman also stated that China will take all necessary measures to firmly protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.
In October 2020, PTS announced that companies participating in the auction had to remove their devices Huawei and ZTE exit its current central feature set by January 1, 2020.
PTS defines a central feature set as the devices used in building radio access networks, transmission networks, core networks, as well as the service and maintenance capabilities of the network. The agency asserted that the construction of licensing conditions was based on assessments by the Swedish Armed Forces and Security Agency.
European governments are examining the role Chinese companies can play in building cyberspace, as the US has voiced warnings about a security threat.
In early July of last year, the UK banned Huawei from building its 5G infrastructure, which required domestic companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei by 2021 and remove the devices. Huawei equipment is currently in use as of late 2027.
Other countries including Australia, New Zealand and India have also expressed tough stance towards Huawei, while France and Italy have announced usage restrictions on Huawei group’s 5G network equipment.