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Stop for Chinese 5G possible with new Swedish law

According to SVT, the purpose is to stop Huawei

According to SVT, the purpose is to stop Huawei
A change in Swedish law will soon make it possible to stop Chinese suppliers of 5G

"Security in radio communications and mobile networks is becoming increasingly important," says Digitization Minister Anders Ygeman, who has tabled a change in the law for completely new conditions for mobile operators.

The new legislation will be pushed through by Parliament this autumn. With the new law, the Swedish Armed Forces and Säpo are suddenly tasked with proposing conditions for the mobile operators, for example that some manufacturers should not be allowed to deliver the equipment to the 5G networks.

Säpo and the Swedish Armed Forces in talks on 5G:

The Swedish Armed Forces and Säpo have already begun discussions with the Post and Telecom Agency to establish the new routines for national security requirements on the 5G networks, reports the authority’s press officer Petter Öhrn.

According to SVT sources, the stated purpose of the government office with the new legislation is to be able to block out Chinese telecom giant Huawei from building the Swedish 5G networks. So far, Huawei has delivered most of the 5G networks outside of China, including the equipment for the first Finnish 5G network.

The US government has designated Huawei’s 5G network as a global security threat, and calls on European countries to stop Huawei as a 5G provider. In the interview with SVT, Digitization Minister Anders Ygeman does not want to openly point out any particular country or supplier.

Quick change of law before the 5G start:

- This amendment to the law makes it possible to deny a permit if a supplier poses a threat to Swedish security. It also provides the opportunity to revoke permits from the operators, says Minister of Digitalization Anders Ygeman.

- We simply cannot allow dangerous components. Me and the government have seen a value in having the new legislation in place before the auction for new 5G licenses is done in early 2020, Ygeman continues.

Swedish mobile operators today have a large amount of equipment from Huawei on the Swedish mobile networks. Huawei is also the world’s largest provider of mobile networks, since a few years ago Ericsson went around. If now Huawei is excluded from Swedish 5G, it is a big change for the mobile operators.

Also, the mobile operators with whom SVT spoke do not state that they see a security problem with Huawei as a supplier. But at the Swedish Defense Research Institute, the researcher Jerker Hellström has a different view.

- The 5G networks will permeate the entire communities. It is not just about communication between people but between gadgets, self-driving cars and critical infrastructure. That is when it becomes unacceptable with the ambiguities that exist around Huawei. So far, for example, much has been shrouded in obscurity regarding the ownership of Huawei, says Jerker Hellström.

He emphasizes that the Chinese Intelligence Act makes it mandatory for Chinese companies and individuals to assist the Chinese intelligence service in gathering information.

But Huawei’s response is strongly to the claims that the company could release information about its customers to Chinese authorities, or that the ownership of Huawei is obscured.

"We are privately owned, there are no external owners and the decisions are made by our management team and no one else," says Joe Kelly, global communications manager at Huawei.

"We always follow Swedish law":

- For 31 years on the market, nothing has shown that Huawei has done anything that jeopardizes the security of people or their data. If Huawei did something inappropriate, it would be felt, for such leaves leaving traces, says Joe Kelly.

Even at Nordic Huawei’s head office, the company’s local CEO assures that the claims about Huawei as a security threat are false.

- As a company, we have the principle that local legislation applies. We always follow Swedish laws and regulations to a hundred percent and we have no obligations to Chinese or other authorities, ”says Kenneth Fredriksen, Head of Nord at Huawei.

Source: SVT Nyheter

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