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5G 24-11-2020

5G expansion: German foreign ministry gets a say, but no veto

Germany's upcoming IT security law is intended to protect the country's 5G network, among other things. When it comes to Huawei, the Foreign Office fought for a right of veto. The result: now it can have a say but not singlehandedly block a supplier. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Germany would need to reach a consensus within government that a telecoms vendor poses a national security threat in order to exclude its equipment from national 5G networks, according to draft legislation reviewed by Reuters on Friday (20 November).
5G 21-11-2020

German draft IT security law strives for consensus on telecoms vendor risks

Germany would need to reach a consensus within government that a telecoms vendor poses a national security threat in order to exclude its equipment from national 5G networks, according to draft legislation reviewed by Reuters on Friday (20 November).
Politics 26-10-2020

Bulgaria joins US coalition against Huawei

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Czech Health Minister being forced to resign after breaching his own COVID-19 rules, the hacking of a private psychotherapy centre in Finland leading to cyber criminals holding the data of tens of thousands of clients to ransom, and so much more.
China 12-10-2020

US sanctions turn up heat but Huawei serving European 5G clients, says executive

Chinese telecom giant Huawei is finding it harder to counter US sanctions designed to choke off its access to semiconductors but can continue to serve European 5G network clients, a senior European executive told an Austrian newspaper.
5G 09-10-2020

Orange and Proximus in Belgium to replace Huawei mobile gear with Nokia kit

Telecoms operators Orange Belgium and Proximus  have decided to progressively replace Huawei-made mobile equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg with Nokia  gear, two sources close to the matter said.
EU member states which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 would be in breach of EU law and as a result, could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
5G 01-10-2020

Member states risk ‘breaching EU law’ in 5G delays

EU countries which have not assigned 5G spectrum frequencies by the end of 2020 will be in breach of EU law and could face legal action from the Commission, the EU executive has warned.
China 28-09-2020

Defusing US-China tensions: European geopolitics in the making

It is in the European interest not to become a battlefield for an American-Chinese war; and only a strong EU can defuse the disputes between Washington and Beijing, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
5G 15-09-2020

Macron slams anti-5G proponents as ‘Amish’, causing uproar in France

French President Emmanuel Macron defended 5G technology in his speech to a French startup gathering on Monday (14 September), providing a clear answer to a moratorium on the rollout of the super-fast broadband network wanted by leftist and green parties.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Pompeo in Prague at start of central Europe visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Prague on Tuesday (11 August), public TV footage showed, to open a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction.
5G 04-08-2020

5G disinformation: It’s time to tell the truth

There are many myths concerning 5G networks and electromagnetic fields. The vast majority of them stem from a lack of proper knowledge. Europe should dispel the doubts of the people who are looking for answers, writes Marek Zagórski, Polish Minister of Digital Affairs.
5G 24-07-2020

Commission presses member states to take action on high-risk 5G vendors

EU nations must make urgent progress on mitigating the risks to 5G telecommunications networks posed by certain high-risk suppliers, the European Commission said in a progress report published on Friday (24 July).
Energy 24-07-2020

Ericsson: 5G could ‘dramatically increase’ network energy consumption

It is the industry’s responsibility to roll-out the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication networks without increasing energy consumption, Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson writes in a report outlining how this can be done. “Energy consumption is set to increase dramatically...
5G 23-07-2020

French limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to de facto ban by 2028

French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they won’t be able to renew licences for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks, three sources close to the matter said.
Agrifood 16-07-2020

EIB official: €200 billion needed to build broadband infrastructure in EU rural areas

In order for citizens in Europe’s rural areas to have broadband access to at least 100 megabits per second, approximately €200 billion will be needed, according to Harald Gruber from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
5G 14-07-2020

Huawei banned from UK 5G network, pleads with Johnson to reconsider

The UK has excluded Huawei from its future 5G network infrastructure, the government announced on Tuesday (14 July). The Chinese telecommunications firm immediately urged Boris Johnson's administration to reconsider the decision, seen as a substantial setback for its business in Europe.
5G 06-07-2020

Huawei waits it out on possible UK ban

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has said it is remaining patient in light of media reports that the UK government is charting a gradual phase-out of its equipment in 5G network infrastructure, which could lead to a blanket ban.
China 04-06-2020

UK in 5G talks with suppliers from Japan, South Korea

British officials have discussed supplies of 5G networking equipment with companies in South Korea and Japan as part of a bid to develop alternatives to China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
5G 03-06-2020

Combat 5G COVID-19 fake news, urges Europe

European Union (EU) nations banking on 5G to boost economic growth are eager to tackle conspiracy theories linking the wireless technology to the spread of the novel coronavirus that have seen masts torched in several places.
5G 25-05-2020

Huawei faces potential UK backlash in new probe

Bolstered US sanctions against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei have prompted UK authorities to launch a fresh probe into the company, a government spokesperson said on Sunday (24 May).
5G 14-05-2020

In Germany’s new 5G security criteria, SPD sees a “blunt sword”

The German Interior Ministry wants to check whether manufacturers of 5G components are trustworthy. For SPD digital politician Falko Mohrs, this does not go far enough. He demands a political security check, fed with secret service information. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 05-04-2020

5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK says

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday (4 April) after masts in several parts of the country were torched.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2020

Expert : Germany could use EU presidency to shape EU-China relations

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, director of the Asia programme of the European Council of Foreign Relations, Dr Janka Oertel, described how Germany could play a pivotal role in changing the EU's relations with China and might even force the exclusion of Huawei from the planned 5G expansion across the EU.
5G 05-03-2020

France will not let Huawei’s investments influence its 5G expansion plans

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Huawei's willingness to open a factory in France would not change "the government's position on 5G in any way". EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
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5G 26-02-2020

How Europe’s AI strategy is getting it right

The European Commission’s new White Paper may be the most ambitious yet realistic government strategy for AI we have seen. Qualcomm’s commitment to expand its already AI R&D efforts in Europe are well aligned with its core values.
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