Chinese tech giant Huawei is taking Sweden to court. The company does not accept that it will be excluded from the rollout of 5G in the Scandinavian country.
Specifically, Huawei is starting arbitration proceedings against the Swedish authorities at the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes. According to Huawei, Sweden’s decision causes severe damage to the company.
Sweden is the second European country (in 2020) after the United Kingdom – and the first within the European Union – to ban telecom operators from using Huawei material in the rollout of 5G.
The measure has soured relations between China and Sweden. Beijing has already warned that the decision of the Swedish telecom regulator could have consequences for Swedish companies in China. It is feared that the Swedish Ericsson, a competitor of Huawei, will be confronted with countermeasures.
It is not known how much compensation Huawei is demanding. But according to the Swedish public broadcaster, it would be 5.2 billion kroner or 495 million euros. That amount could also rise.