No pan-EU Huawei ban: European Commission approves 5G risk mitigation plan

The European Commission recently approved a risk mitigation approach to manage the EU-wide 5G promotion effort — meaning there will be no pan-EU ban on Huawei,media reported. Instead, it called on member states to coordinate and implement a series of “mitigation measures” from a 5G toolbox, which is understood to have been announced by the body in October and approved today.

No pan-EU Huawei ban: European Commission approves 5G risk mitigation plan

“Through this toolbox, member states are committed to moving forward in a joint manner based on an objective assessment of identified risks and appropriate mitigation measures,” the European Commission wrote in a press release. “

It added in a statement that member states had agreed to strengthen security requirements, assess supplier risk profiles, impose restrictions on suppliers considered to be high risk, including those that are considered critical and sensitive, such as core network functions, and adopt strategies to ensure supplier diversification.

The move is another blow to the Trump administration, which announced on Europe day that it would not ban so-called “high-risk” operators from providing 5G networks. However, the UK said it would impose restrictions on such suppliers by banning their devices from accessing the sensitive, core and strategic points of the 5G network and would provide access to such devices by 35 per cent.

We know that the United States has recently been putting international pressure on countries that intend to use Huawei’s 5G network, claiming that inherent strategic risks will allow Huawei to participate in the provision of critical infrastructure.

In addition, next-generation 5G is expected to support a new type of responsive applications– such as self-driving cars and personalized telemedicine, which may also increase the risk of network failures.

However, the European Commission believes that they can be managed collectively.

“The collective functioning of the toolbox demonstrates the firm determination of (us) to tackle the challenges of 5G cyber security together,” the EU wrote. This is essential for successful and credible EU 5G security measures and ensures the continued openness of the internal market with respect for risk-based EU security requirements. “

It is understood that the next deadline for the 5G toolbox is April 2020, when the European Commission expects member states to implement the proposed measures. They will also issue a joint report on the implementation of these measures later this year.

In addition, the European Commission recommended that member states contribute to increasing the diversification and sustainability of the 5G supply chain, coordinate standardization work around safety objectives and develop ANEU-wide certification schemes.