The Balance between Risk Mitigation and Smoother 5G Deployments in the European Union

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2Q 2019 | IN-5455


The Long-Awaited E.U.-Level Regulation Has Been Announced


With support from the E.U. heads of state, the European Commission (EC) recommended a set of concrete actions on March 26, 2019. The long-awaited recommendations, including both legislative and policy instruments, are meant to protect E.U. economies, societies, and democratic systems from security threats. These suggested actions refer to a national level first and then, later, to an E.U.-level. On a national level, E.U. member states are expected to complete a national risk assessment of 5G network infrastructures by June 31, 2019. This includes the update of existing security requirements for mobile service providers (MSPs) and further conditions for ensuring the security of public networks, especially when granting rights of use for radio frequencies in 5G bands.

On an E.U.-level, E.U. member states will exchange essential information with each other under the coordination of the EC. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) will complete a coordinated, bloc-wide risk assessment by October 1, 2019. After …

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