The EU Court of Auditors issued a special report “5G rollout in the EU: delays in deployment of networks with security issues remaining unresolved” in which EU auditors are raising an alarm.

According to the report, 5G services are seen as essential for a wide range of innovative applications which have the potential to transform many sectors of our economies and improve citizens’ daily lives. 5G is therefore of strategic importance for the entire single market.

However, the majority EU member states are not on track with the deployment of their 5G networks and lack a common approach to security concerns.

Report’s key recommendations to the European Commission include:

  • promote the even and timely deployment of 5G networks within the EU;
  • foster a concerted approach to 5G security among Member States; and
  • monitor Member States’ approaches towards 5G security and assess the impact of divergences on the effective functioning of the single market.

The report is available here [PDF]: 5G rollout in the EU: delays in deployment of networks with security issues remaining unresolved”

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies.

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