In terms of 5G development, the process has been a bit complicated because of Huawei. In terms of 5G equipment, there are three major manufacturers – Huawei, Ericsson, and Nokia. Since the ban on Huawei by multiple countries, the playing field has not been level. Nokia and Ericsson obviously have an edge over Huawei not because they are better but because of Huawei’s ban. Ericsson’s CEO has always expressed his displeasure with this situation.
According to reports from the Swedish “Daily News”, the CEO of Ericsson announced that “If the ban on Huawei still exists, Ericsson will leave Sweden”. It’s really strange to think that Ericsson will leave its home country over Huawei’s ban. Sweden has since banned Huawei from participating in its 5G construction. For Ericsson, it worries that it will also face the same fate in China. Therefore, it has been very vocal about the unfair position that Huawei is in.
The “Daily News” revealed that Ericsson’s CEO, Börje Ekholm, said in a text message to the Swedish Minister of Commerce, Anna Hallberg, that the company would leave Sweden unless the (Swedish government) lifted its complaint against Huawei and ZTE.
Sweden says it can not lift Huawei’s ban
Holberg’s response reads “The government cannot lift the ban on Huawei, because the Swedish Post and Telecommunications Administration’s interim secretariat made the decision based on the recommendations of the security department and the National Defense Forces”.
For Ericsson’s CEO, he attaches great importance to the Chinese market. He also supports that Huawei and other major players should file a lawsuit against the ban. Public information shows that Ericsson has tried to hire lawyers to help Huawei in litigation (win the lawsuit against the Swedish ban). Börje Ekholm also said, “Although we have talked with several Swedish law firms, no one is willing to help Huawei. There are many cowards here”.