The European Commission (EC) has suggested that telecommunications equipment from non-European manufacturers could present a greater threat than those manufactured within the EU.
In a risk assessment, the Commission said 5G would increase the threat volume when compared to current generations of mobile networks due to the increased volume of connected devices and the sensitive data being transmitted.
He believes that the network availability and security due to the public services and industries that rely on become a national problem Constant connectivity.
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In particular, the European Commission is concerned that mobile operators will become more dependent on their suppliers and that the results could be compromised if an inadvertent or other vulnerability in the software is used could be a threat to national security. This threat would be greater if operators were to deploy a single provider in their infrastructure.
However, no provider or country has been specifically designated by the Commission.
"Among the various potential actors, non-EU states or state-sponsored networks are considered the most serious and most likely target 5G networks," it says. "In this context, as vendors become increasingly vulnerable, the risk profile of individual vendors becomes particularly important, including the likelihood that the vendor will be disturbed by a non-EU country."
Sweden's Ericsson and Finland's Nokia are competing with the Chinese Company Huawei to supply European operators with 5G kits, in which also Cisco and Samsung are involved. However, the US has effectively put Huawei out of the market for national security reasons and urges its allies to do the same.
However, the US has not provided any evidence for its allegation while Huawei repeatedly denied allegations of misconduct. In any case, European operators would have little appetite for a ban, fearing that prices would rise and innovation stifle.