By Dominic Chopping
STOCKHOLM--The Swedish telecom regulator has halted its fifth-generation spectrum auction that was planned for Tuesday after the Stockholm administrative court suspended parts of the regulator's decision to ban the use of Huawei Technologies Co. equipment.
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency in October banned the use of Huawei and ZTE Corp. telecom equipment in critical 5G-network infrastructure due to security concerns.
PTS, as it is known, approved four companies to participate in coming 5G-spectrum auctions and told them that Huawei and ZTE products couldn't be used in new installations of central functions, and any existing products from the two companies must be removed.
Huawei lodged an appeal against the decision to the Stockholm court on Friday.
"The administrative court has concluded that Huawei has the right to appeal PTS's decision," Chief Counsel Johan Lundmark said in a court statement.
"The conditions relating to, among other things, the use of Huawei products until further notice, don't apply during the administrative court's further examination of the case."
PTS said it will analyze the administrative court's decision and review the possibility of starting the auction as soon as possible.
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