In October 2020, the Swedish postal and telecommunications agency has published its decision to exclude two Chinese vendors from the rollout of the future mobile network infrastructure, better known as 5G: Huawei and ZTE. The decision is being challenged in court at the moment. Sweden's announcement follows after a long debate across the West. Often seen as being part of the US-China tech rivalry, Europe has discussed how to position itself. In an attempt to coordinate a European approach, the EU published a "toolbox" in early 2020. With the exception of the United Kingdom (non-EU member) no other European state has taken such an explicit decision against the Chinese technology firms.
Since late 2018, I closely follow the debate from technological, economic, political and security angles. Please find below my press commentary on the Swedish decision as well as two related publications.
Related selected publications & media appearances:
Publication: (with John Seaman and Daniel Voelsen): 5G and the US-China Tech Rivalry – a test for Europe’s future in the digital age. How can Europe shift from back foot to front foot? SWP Comment. Berlin: SWP.