5G

11-01-2021

Sweden’s Tele2 picks Nokia for 5G core network

Telecoms operator Tele2 will partner with Finland’s Nokia for the deployment of its 5G core network in Sweden and the Baltics, it said on Monday (11 January).
The EU has become beset by delays to both 5G security protocols as well as the rollout of the technology itself.
08-01-2021

EU nations divided on 5G security, auditors say

EU nations are 'progressing at different paces' in terms of security protocols introduced by the European Commission in order to ensure the safety of next-generation telecommunications networks, the European Court of Auditors has said.
EU-China 05-01-2021

Ericsson worried about Chinese retaliation after Huawei ban

The head of Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson, Bjorn Ekholm, is worried about Chinese reprisals after Sweden banned Huawei from taking part in the rollout of 5G networks, he said Monday (4 January).
Climate change 16-12-2020

Macron and the citizens’ convention divided on climate issues

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with members of the Citizens' Climate Convention on Monday (14 December). Although his announcement of a potential referendum on climate and environment made a lot of noise, the heated debate revealed continuing tensions between citizens and the executive. EURACTIV France reports.
16-12-2020

Spanish government to prepare a list of ‘safe’ 5G mobile providers

The Spanish government will draft a list of “safe” mobile technology suppliers for the future local 5G mobile network to assess their level of risk, allowing the government to avoid issuing an explicit veto against Chinese giant Huawei or any other mobile operator, EFE reported.

Berlin blocks Chinese acquisition of German high-tech satellite firm

As German high-tech company IMST was about to pass into Chinese hands, German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked the deal for reasons of "public order and security". EURACTIV Italy reports.
The EU's 5G strategy is to come under the scrutiny of European auditors, as the clock ticks down on end-of-the-year deadlines for member states to tie up frequency allocations for next-generation telecommunications networks.
08-12-2020

Auditors to probe EU’s 5G network plans

The EU's 5G strategy is to come under the scrutiny of European auditors, as the clock ticks down on end-of-the-year deadlines for member states to embark on frequency allocations for next-generation telecommunications networks.
Huawei is willing to meet any requirement the Swedish government may set on 5G network equipment and take other measures to mitigate concerns, a senior executive said, after a ban in the country delayed spectrum auctions.
08-12-2020

Seeking end to 5G ban, Huawei says ready to accept terms Sweden may set

Huawei is willing to meet any requirement the Swedish government may set on 5G network equipment and take other measures to mitigate concerns, a senior executive said, after a ban in the country delayed spectrum auctions.
Health 08-12-2020

Spare no effort to make sure 5G poses no health risks, scientists advise

The economic cost of making sure 5G poses no health and environmental risks shouldn’t provide an excuse for any shortcuts in introducing the new technology, various scientist warned during an online event co-hosted by MEPs on Monday (7 December).
30-11-2020

Britain bans new Huawei 5G kit installation from September 2021

British telecommunications firms must not install new Huawei 5G kit after September 2021, the government said on Monday, as part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from high-speed mobile networks.
The European Commission in October asked Portugal’s communications regulator, Anacom, to clarify the terms of the auction of fifth-generation mobile telecommunications frequencies.
26-11-2020

Portugal: EU asked telecoms regulator to clarify controversial 5G auction terms

The European Commission in October asked Portugal’s communications regulator, Anacom, to clarify the terms of the auction of fifth-generation mobile telecommunications frequencies.
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).
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).
Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country's track record in 5G is one reason why it should be considered a frontrunner.
Cybersecurity 19-11-2020

5G security a priority in our EU cyber centre bid, Spain says

Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country’s track record in 5G and connectivity as reasons why it should be considered a frontrunner. A...
Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has been attempting to make the case for his country to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center (ECCC), in a letter sent to EU leaders seen by EURACTIV.
Cybersecurity 18-11-2020

Poland makes case for new EU cyber centre seat

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has been attempting to make the case for his country to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center (ECCC), in a letter sent to EU leaders seen by EURACTIV. In 2018, the...
The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
Digital 18-11-2020

Commission ‘disappointed’ with 5G delays in Europe; reminds nations of ‘legal obligation’

The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
Swedish telecoms regulator PTS on Monday halted 5G spectrum auctions after a court suspended parts of its decision that had excluded Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from 5G networks.
10-11-2020

Sweden halts 5G auction after court grants relief to Huawei

Swedish telecoms regulator PTS on Monday (9 November) halted 5G spectrum auctions after a court suspended parts of its decision that had excluded Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from 5G networks.
27-10-2020

Italy vetoes 5G deal between Fastweb and China’s Huawei: sources

Italy has prevented telecoms group Fastweb from signing a deal for Huawei to supply equipment for its 5G core network, three sources close to the matter said, the clearest sign yet Rome is adopting a tougher stance against the Chinese group.
A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of such technologies.
19-10-2020

Fifteen EU countries raise alarm on Europe’s ‘anti-5G movement’

A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of new infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunication's giant Huawei, saying that they would welcome the country into the US's 5G so-called 'clean network' program.
Digital 30-09-2020

US praises German moves to sideline Huawei from 5G networks

The US administration has welcomed reports that Germany is set to take a tougher stance against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, also noting that they would welcome the country into the US's so-called 5G 'clean network' program.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Greece call for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in east Mediterranean

The United States and Greece called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day trip to Greece amid increased regional tension over energy resources.
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