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Huawei’s battle for 5G in Europe: a foot in the door through legal action?

The conflict between Huawei and Sweden is heading into the next round. The Chinese communications company has now sued the Nordic state before an international arbitration court for excluding it from the 5G network expansion. This is according to a report from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). A spokesperson for Huawei Germany confirmed the lawsuit to Table.Media. This adds a new dimension to the dispute over the exclusion of Chinese providers from rolling out 5G networks in Western countries. In the worst-case scenario for Sweden, the country could be ordered to pay millions in damages. But lawsuits at arbitration courts can drag on for many years. It is also possible that Huawei is simply trying to deter other countries from making a similar decision.

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