EU: 5G technology vital for European economy

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU), Tuesday, stressed that that 5G networks will form a part of crucial infrastructure for the maintenance of vital societal and economic functions in Europe.

“5G networks will form a part of crucial infrastructure for the operation and maintenance of vital societal and economic functions and a wide range of services essential for functioning of the internal market including its digital transformation,” said the EU’s Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in a statement after its meeting in Brussels today on the ministerial level.

The Council encouraged the European Commission and the EU Member States “to take the necessary steps to make the EU a leading market for deployment of 5G networks and development of 5G-based solutions.” It noted that 5G networks “foster growth and innovation, improve everyday life of citizens and businesses, enable new services and applications as well as bring more opportunities for the whole society in key sectors and industries such as energy, health care, agriculture, finance and mobility.” The Council also called for steps to mitigate the security risk of 5G technologies and urged the EU and the Member States to pay particular attention to promoting the cybersecurity of these networks and all services depending on electronic communications.

“In addition to the technical risks related to cybersecurity of 5G networks, also non-technical factors such as the legal and policy framework to which suppliers may be subject to in third countries, should be considered,” said the Council.

It recalled that that the EU has developed a legal framework for tackling and mitigating cybersecurity risks linked to 5G.

Source: Kuwait News Agency