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5G important for the EU's future

by on22 October 2019

Swift roll out must have a common approach

An EU paper outlining the bloc's 5G plans suggest the region should become the leading market for deployment of 5G mobile networks  because the technology was the key for enhancing the bloc’s competitiveness.

The changes that 5G brings to mobile networks, devices and applications, “make it is necessary for the EU and the member states to pay particular attention to ensuring the cybersecurity of these networks and new services” but “a swift roll-out of 5G networks is key for enhancing the competitiveness of the EU and requires a common approach” in an increasingly connected world.

Without naming Chinese telecoms equipment market leader Huawei Technologies, the draft conclusions recommend to promote European technological sovereignty and put in place “robust” security standards and measures for all relevant manufacturers and service providers, across the entire lifecycle of 5G networks.

Finland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, aims for the text to be formally adopted at a meeting of EU telecommunications ministers in December.

Last modified on 22 October 2019
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