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Ericsson faces legal headache over withdrawal from Russia

Ericsson has been hit with legal action from Russia’s Tele2 following its withdrawal from the country.

Reuters has revealed that the Russian telecoms company is suing the company over claims that Ericsson has failed to honor agreements to supply equipment.

This follows Ericsson’s decision to end its operations in Russia by the end of 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

“We are aware of a lawsuit that has been reported in Russian news media, but cannot comment further at this time,” an Ericsson spokesperson said.

However, Russia’s Tele2 told Reuters it was unhappy with the Swedish vendor not honoring standing orders, many of which it said date back to before sanctions against Russia were imposed.

“We started proceedings against Ericsson Corporation and Satel TVK due to the refusal of the companies to fulfill their obligations to supply equipment. Most of the undelivered equipment refers to orders made long before sanctions were imposed,” Tele2 said in said a statement to the publication. .

It is worth noting that this Tele2 is a Russian company, with no affiliation to the famous Swedish telco Tele2, and has been using the brand under license since 2013.

Just a few months ago, Ericsson was accused of continuing to export equipment to Russia despite the sanctions, according to Swedish media reports.

The vendor dismissed the claims, saying that it only provides software and technical support to its Russian customers, and that it has not sold any telecom kit to MNOs in the country since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Ericsson suspended its business in the country at the end of February in the earlier days of the invasion, as many of the world’s economies imposed sanctions on Russia over telecommunications equipment and semiconductors.

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