Ericsson Warns May Have to Leave Sweden If Stockholm Bans Huawei
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Börje Ekholm, CEO of telecom equipment maker, Ericsson recently started lobbying against the Swedish government and his text message to a Swedish media revealed that “If the ban on Huawei still exists, Ericsson can leave Sweden”.
Regarding this matter, Swedish daily news pointed out that there’s a reason behind the Ericsson CEO remark. According to the information, Sweden plans to ban Huawei from participating in the country’s 5G construction business.
Sweden’s Daily News discloses the text of Borje to Anna Hallberg, Swedish Minister of Commerce, which reads that Ericsson would leave Sweden unless the Sweden government remove the ban on Huawei and ZTE.
Ericsson is particularly strong in mobile communications in China, with nearly half the market for mobile systems. With respect to fixed networks, the company’s market share is about ten percent. So, Huawei’s ban in Sweden may create a similar situation for the company in China.
In reply to Borje’s statement, Halberg replies that the Sweden government cannot remove the Huawei ban because the decision is taken on the recommendation of the security department by the Post and Telecommunication Administration interim secretary.
On this matter Borje says, Ericsson and three other major operators filing a lawsuit against the ban to support Huawei. On the other hand, he said “Although we have talked with several Swedish law firms, no one is willing to help Huawei. There are many cowards here.”
Source: Huawei Central
China is the largest growth market for many American companies as well, including Apple and Boeing. What do you suppose is going to happen to them, considering the United States is the originator and chief pot-stirrer against Huawei, and few other countries would have imposed any restraints without American pressure to go along, but would more likely have taken advantage of Huawei’s lower prices and high quality?
Washington has staked everything on exercising absolute control over 5G, because the capability to snoop and listen in on everything is slipping away from it. It pretends to fear being snooped on itself, but that seems a pretty unrealistic apprehension from the same country which claims absolute global mastery over high technology.
Although Apple was recently quite cocky that its iPhone sales in China have been better than expectations, a similarly-recent survey indicated that 95% of Chinese iPhone owners would switch to another brand without the WeChat app.
And Apple responded to the challenge by gutting the apps available in its China app store, especially games – only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games survived the purge.
Neither country is likely to back down, as China is not likely to cede mobile-phone market dominance in its own market to an American company, and as discussed, Washington is ready to go to the wall to prevent Chinese dominance of 5G. What will likely emerge is spheres of influence and a world in which you cannot be confident your cellphone will work everywhere. Which kind of kicks the legs out from under its major feature.