Amid security companies, the European Union places 5G — and Huawei — under the microscope

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The European Union is placing under the microscope the rollout of new, high-speed mobile networking technology called 5G in a way that can affect the technology’s dominant company — Huawei.

Regulators focused on particular security warnings linked to technology providers headquartered in countries with no constitutional and legal constraints in place.

The news supports the announcement of a public report from the European Union that identified several difficulties with 5G technology.

Heightened analysis of 5G implementation on European shores truly started back in March, while member states fought with how to approach American pressure to block Huawei from creating out new telecommunications based on the continent.

The Problem

The report from earlier in the week classified three security concerns that link to the reliance on vendors associated with technology arising from individual suppliers.

This is particularly if that supplier expresses a high degree of uncertainty, given its relation to the government in its native country.

The current, private evaluation examined by the WSJ is raising critical concerns about Huawei, according to the newest report.

These vulnerabilities are not things that can be solved by making small technical changes but are meaningful and lasting.

According to the WSJ report, matters raised by the new EU report include the addition of concealed hardware, software, or defects into the 5G network.

Or the chance of free software updates, backdoors, or undocumented testing features left in the production version of the networking products.

The Concerns of the U.S.

U.S. security authorities have long been worried about Huawei’s dominance over the new telecommunications technology. 

Indeed, security officials and U.S. regulators have started advocating for a joined public-private response to the threat Huawei poses.

The trade gossips resume between the U.S. and China in an attempt to end the ongoing trade war within the two countries.

Though, he hard-line position that the U.S. government has taken on China’s telecommunications and networking technology powerhouse might be changing.

Now, with another trade deal seemingly in place, the future of Huawei’s 5G ambitions remains up in the air. 

The U.S. and the European Union both have vital concerns, but China is assumed to bring up Huawei’s capacity to sell into foreign markets as part of any contract.

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