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Europe’s 5G network will be secure – if we work together

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28.10.2019

With the roll-out of 5G networks across Europe, we are fast approaching a technological tipping point. The installation of this essential digital plumbing is a once-in-a-generation event. And because that pipework will connect literally everything in our societies, security – more than price – should be the key criterion. This is a project where it is not only the quality of the components that is important, but also the credentials of the plumber.

All this means the risk associated with individual 5G equipment suppliers will need to be assessed more thoroughly: not only in terms of the overall quality of products and cybersecurity practices, but also the likelihood of a supplier being subject to interference from a non-European country. Inevitably, given its market share, China looms large.

A report published by the EU’s 28 member states a few weeks ago identified the main threats and actors, the most sensitive assets, the main vulnerabilities and a number of strategic risks, which will provide the basis for identifying........

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