Nokia says has launched legal challenge to 5G exclusion in Romania

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STOCKHOLM, March 31 (Reuters) - Finnish network equipment maker Nokia (NOKIA.HE) said on Thursday it had launched a legal challenge to a decision by the Romanian government to exclude it from selling 5G technology in the country.

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"We can confirm that in February we were advised that we had been denied the authorisation to provide 5G infrastructure equipment in Romania by the Romanian government," Nokia said in a statement.

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"We are seeking urgent clarification for the reasons for this decision and have instigated legal proceedings."

Nokia did not give any further details.

A Romanian government spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Reporting by Simon Johnson and Supantha Mukherjee; editing by Barbara Lewis

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