Australian government’s committee – The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts – has issued a new report on adoption of 5G in Australia.

The report titled “The Next Gen Future – Inquiry into the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia” lists 14 recommendations including these few related to technology independence and cybersecurity:

  • The Committee recommends that the Australian Government investigate ways to encourage the manufacture of 5G infrastructure within Australia.
  • To help enable this, the Australian Government should establish a 5G R&D Innovation Fund to fast track the development and scale-up of alternative manufacturing approaches to reduce the duopoly dependency on 5G related equipment.
  • The Committee recommends that the Australian Government conduct a review of current legislative arrangements enforcing network and data security for the supply of 5G equipment. Further, as part of this framework, it must be incumbent on vendors to enforce Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management throughout procurement, roll out and maintenance of the 5G network.

The report is available here:

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