5G auction postponed as court suspends Huawei ban

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Today, Tuesday was to have been the opening day of the auction to sell licences for companies to be part of a 5G network in Sweden, but the auction has been postponed.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority which controls the digital network, had previously banned companies bidding in the auction from using hardware from the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE, after the national intelligence service SÄPO judged them to be a national security risk. However, yesterday an Administrative Court suspended the ban and allowed an appeal, and the Telecom Authority says it needs time to examine the court's verdict before going ahead with the auction.

The Swedish minister responsible for digitisation, Anders Ygeman, said that he respects the court's decision. But it does complicate matters for the government roll-out of 5G and for the companies that are impatient to be involved.

Radio Sweden speaks to Sven Carlsson, Swedish Radio's IT reporter, to hear more.