Thursday, 30 January 2020 10:46

EU finalises measures for 5G rollout, likely to follow UK model

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The European Union has finalised a common set of measures to mitigate the main cyber security risks of 5G networks, the political bloc announced on Wednesday, a day after Britain said it would permit Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies to play a limited role in its 5G networks.

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, had asked member states to put key measures in place by 30 April and prepare a joint report on implementation by 30 June.

Judging by the statement it put out, the EU appears to be inclined to follow the British model with regard to Huawei. Member states were asked to strengthen security requirements, assess risk profiles of suppliers, apply relevant restrictions for suppliers considered to be high risk, and to ensure diversification of vendors.

Member states will be allowed to make their own decision as to suppliers but the common set of measures and the fact that there are only three big suppliers - Ericsson and Nokia are the other two - means that the same gear will probably be seen across the continent.

Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said: “We can do great things with 5G. The technology supports personalised medicines, precision agriculture and energy grids that can integrate all kinds of renewable energy.

"This will make a positive difference. But only if we can make our networks secure. Only then will the digital changes benefit all citizens.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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