Huawei responds to Sweden’s 5G ban: Surprised and disappointed

On October 21, Sweden banned Huawei and ZTE from participating in the construction of its 5G network on security grounds.

A Huawei spokesman said in a statement that the company was “surprised and disappointed” that the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority had banned its equipment from 5G networks.

A Huawei spokesman said the company was a “100% employee-owned” company and that the Swedish government had accused Huawei of posing a security threat but had no “factual basis” to support it. The statement pointed out that the Swedish government’s exclusion of Huawei was “completely based on unfounded assumptions” and was “unfair and unacceptable.” “Huawei has never and will never pose even the slightest threat to Sweden’s cybersecurity,” the statement read. “Excluding Huawei will not make Sweden’s 5G network any more secure. On the contrary, competition and innovation will be severely hindered.” A Huawei spokesman added that the company would “carefully assess” the impact of the Swedish Telecommunications Authority’s decision and hoped the Swedish government would reassess the decision “in the spirit of fairness and openness.”

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