5G: EU must take urgent action to reduce dependence on high-risk suppliers

5G: EU must take urgent action to reduce dependence on high-risk suppliers

The European Commission today presented a report on the progress that is being made in terms of the implementation of the toolbox aimed at mitigating the dangers related to the adoption of 5G by Member States.

Although many countries in the European Union are still in the process of implementing the measures, the report details that all Member States have started the network security analysis process.

According to MargretheVestager, executive vice president of the European Commission and responsible for the EU's digital policy, the implementation of fifth generation mobile network technology is strategically important for all Member States. Our priority and responsibility is to ensure that the networks are secure and, although the report demonstrates that we have made great strides, there is still a lot of work to do, underlines the responsible.

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The document states that Member States must take urgent measures to reduce their dependence on high-risk suppliers. The vast majority of countries have not yet established clear plans to resolve current or future situations of addiction, nor have they communicated their intentions to the European Commission.

Brussels further advances that at least a third of the Member States still show uncertainty about the timeframe for taking measures to reduce exposure to high-risk suppliers.

In addition, a large number of European Union countries have not yet attempted to review the existing practices and strategies of mobile network operators. The European Commission further explains that 13 Member States must introduce national analysis mechanisms as soon as possible with regard to foreign direct investments.

Network security analysis completed in Portugal

In an audio by the Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing Commission, at the request of the Left Block, Alberto Souto de Miranda, Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, made it known that the working group created for security issues in the 5G network , taking into account the toolbox approved by the European Commissionj concluded its analysis, stating that it expects the conclusions to be voted on by the Government.

The war between the United States and Huawei has placed the topic of 5G network security at the center of the debate about new technology. According to Alberto Souto de Miranda, the working group has already analyzed the different risk scenarios and, although it could not reveal the conclusions, it stated that there are a number of concerns to be taken into account.

The highlight is the creation of an equipment certification system designed to verify the legitimacy of the technology, as well as the implementation of continuous evaluations, with audits of the installed technologies.

The Secretary also emphasized the diversification of suppliers, remembering that it is a very important issue, since there are countries that are on a harder line, perhaps outside the privileged relations they have with other nations.

It seems to us that the dominant European position will be to diversify the range of supplies and, above all, to force this to happen in the country's critical infrastructure, he continued.

Admitting that "everyone has glass roofs", the Secretary of State said he preferred "to have a European framework with a culture of data protection", rather than "much more reassuring, which is in accordance with values" and with the Portuguese Constitution.