The Contentious Administrative Court of Costa Rica has temporarily suspended the application of a number of articles of the government’s cybersecurity regulation that exclude Huawei and other Chinese companies from taking part in the development of its 5G networks. In September, the government introduced regulations requiring telecommunications companies to contract suppliers from countries that have signed the Budapest Convention.

In its ruling, the court also ordered Costa Rica’s state-owned operator ICE to pause any ongoing tender processes related to its 5G rollout. 

In a statement, Costa Rica’s Science, Technology and Telecommunications Ministry (Micitt) said it will “promptly exercise its procedural rights” so that the judge can have all the elements to set aside the temporary suspension measure and ensure public interests are safeguarded.

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