U.S. Senate committee to hold 5G service provider security hearing

A U.S. Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing next week to review the state of 5G cybersecurity,media reported. The hearing, called 5G Supply Chain Security: Threats and Solutions, will take place on March 4 at 10am EST.

U.S. Senate committee to hold 5G service provider security hearing

“The hearing will examine the safety and integrity of the telecommunications supply chain and the efforts needed to prevent the use of the network during the transition to 5G,” the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s web page reads. It will also examine the role of the federal government in reducing risk to telecommunications equipment and services in the United States and abroad.

The witnesses currently scheduled are Jason Boswell, head of security for Ericsson Network Product Solutions, Rick Corker, Nokia’s president of customer operations for the Americas, and Steven, CEO of The Base Carriers Association. James Lewis, Senior Vice President, Berry and Strategic and International Studies Center.

Last week it was reported that US President Donald Trump was planning a global 5G summit, where companies such as Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung would be invited. These companies all have services that provide the network devices behind the mobile network. CNBC, citing anonymous Trump administration officials, said the summit was held to prevent Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, from gaining a 5G foothold in other countries.