Amazon launches shopping website in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday opened up its Swedish website, offering customers more than 150 million products across 30 categories, marking its first entry in the Nordics.

Swedish customers could already shop on Amazon through its websites in other European countries such as Germany, and get their purchases shipped in, but this often meant paying high delivery charges.

The new website, amazon.se, will also offer tens of thousands of products from Swedish businesses, said Alex Ootes, vice president for EU Expansion at Amazon.

Orders over 229 crowns and shipping from Amazon’s distribution center would be delivered free of charge, the company said.

Most deliveries would be made by postal company Postnord and shoppers will also have the option of priority shipping, with packages delivered within two days.

Amazon’s arrival in Sweden has been talked about for years and could be a challenge to retailers.

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Sweden bans Huawei and ZTE equipment from 5G rollout

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Sweden has banned telcos from using Huawei or ZTE network equipment for their 5G rollouts as the nation joins a growing list of western countries that have restricted the Chinese companies’ involvement due to security concerns. 

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), the country’s telecommunications agency, made the decision after conducting a security assessment that found the companies’ kits could potentially harm Sweden’s security.

The security assessment was made in consultation with the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Security Service, the PTS said. 

The decision comes a few weeks ahead of the nation’s 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz 5G spectrum auction that has been set for November 10. 

Sweden’s four main telcos, Hi3G Access, Net4Mobility, Telia Sverige, and Teracom have already gained approval to participate in the auction. 

320 MHz in the 3.5GHz band and 80MHz in the 2.3 GHz band will be available during the auction. To

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Sweden bans Huawei; Ericsson risks blowback [Video]

Sweden is the latest country to ban Huawei.

On Tuesday (October 20) Stockholm said the Chinese telecom gear maker would not be allowed a role in its 5G phone networks.

The ban also applies to rival Chinese firm ZTE.

Swedish regulators said the move flows from security concerns.

They described China as one of the biggest threats to the country.

The ban follows diplomatic pressure from Washington, and comes after a similar move by the UK.

In July London said it wanted all Huawei gear purged from the country’s mobile networks by 2027.

But one of Sweden’s own industrial champions could now risk blowback.

Ericsson has won contracts to supply 5G gear to all three major mobile networks in China.

Analysts say those deals could be at risk if Beijing decides to retaliate.

Future sales could also be jeopardised.

For now though, Ericsson and Finnish rival Nokia look like the

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Sweden Bans Huawei, ZTE From New 5G Infrastructure

(Bloomberg) — Sweden has banned Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. from gaining access to its fifth-generation wireless network, adding to the increasing number of European governments forcing local telecom companies to shift away from Chinese suppliers.

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The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority said in a statement Tuesday that the “influence of China’s one-party state over the country’s private sector brings with it strong incentives for privately owned companies to act in accordance with state goals and the communist party’s national strategies.”

It went on to say that the two Chinese technology giants must be blocked from existing infrastructure by January 2025.

The U.S. has described Huawei as the “backbone” of surveillance efforts by the Chinese communist party, and is pressuring European governments to block the technology company from gaining access to 5G networks. The U.K. has already imposed an outright ban on Huawei’s 5G equipment, while German

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