• 5G Security NewsHuawei 5G Security

    Bloomberg: Vodafone found backdoors in Huawei 5G gear

    For years U.S. and some of its allies are claiming that Huawei should not be trusted and that the Chinese company is likely to have backdoors in its 5G gear. Today’s report from Bloomberg is already being held as the “smoking gun” by the supporters of the U.S. position. Bloomberg alleges that Vodafone, the largest mobile network operator in Europe, found backdoors in Huawei 5G gear between 2009 and 2011. With these backdoors, Huawei could…

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  • 5G Security NewsHuawei 5G Security

    US praises Germany’s 5G security standard for network providers

    The top US cybersecurity policy diplomat, Rob strayer, praised Germany’s strict security standards for 5G network providers on Wednesday. The requirements include sections that call for the providers to utilize “trustworthy” equipment suppliers who comply with national security regulations related to secrecy and data protection. The issue of course being that Huawei in particular has some managerial, best practices and compliance issues in this area as seen in previous reports such as the UK’s Huawei…

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  • 5G Security NewsSwitzerland 5G

    Swisscom debuts Europe’s first 5G service

    Swisscom can claim to be the first European Telecom to have introduced commercial 5G. In co-operation with Qualcomm, Swisscom’s new 5G service will be tied in to the launch of several 5G phones in May and later such as the Oppo Reno 5G. The service is, until then, unusable to all. 5G is an expensive undertaking and so to recoup some of the costs its likely many Telecoms will do the same as Swisscom by…

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  • 5G Security NewsGermany 5G Security

    Germany’s successful 5G spectrum sale

    Germany’s auction of 5G spectrums reached 5 billion euros yesterday, in excess of expert estimates. The high price will mean that whilst the German government received a large amount of money to inject in improving their public digital infrastructure, it will simultaneously harm the capability of Telecoms to efficiently and quickly fund the construction of the 5G networks. Additional concerns for the Telecoms that managed to obtain a slice of the 5G spectrum is that…

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  • 5G Security NewsHuawei China US 5G

    WP: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G

    Excellent article today from the Washington Post: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G technology Huawei, still the only 5G equipment manufacturing with the end-to-end offering, keeps evolving into the world’s biggest supplier of telecom equipment. It sparks fear into U.S. and the Trump administration about potential impacts on national security as well as U.S. technology supremacy. The rising global demand for 5G equipment highlights how the U.S., a technology leader…

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  • 5G Security NewsVerizon 5G

    Verizon beats Korea in launching 5G

    Verizon put out a lot of effort in becoming the first telecom in the world to launch a commercial 5G network on April 3rd. Just hours before the South Korean carriers launched on the 4th, Verizon had date stamped their launch on April the 3rd. Troubles are abound as is wont to happen with new technology launch. The issues are that signal can only be received in a few parts of the two launch cities…

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  • 5G Security Newsmobileuk-5g-report

    £6.8bn impact to UK if Huawei 5G banned

    Mobile UK, the UK mobile network operators’ trade association, issued a report “The Impact on the UK of a Restriction on Huawei in the Telecoms Supply Chain” outlining potential risk to UK economy if use of Huawei for 5G rollout is restricted. Some key findings from the report include: A partial to full restriction on Huawei in the telecoms supply chain could result in an 18 – 24 month delay to the widespread availability of…

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  • 5G Security NewsGermany 5G Security

    German 5G auction at €3.7 billion

    German 5G auction ended this week with the sum of highest bids reaching €3.723 billion. Showing the level of commitment to 5G, but also causing some concerns of telcos’ ability to invest in building the infrastructure after large spend on the spectrum. Live info:https://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/_tools/FrequenzXml/Auktion2019_XML/141.html

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  • 5G Security NewsUS DoD Innovation Report

    US DoD warns about US losing the 5G war

    The Defense Innovation Board of the US Department of Defense issued a new study outlining the risks America faces if China takes leadership in 5G. The report also warns that the U.S. is at risk of conceding the 5G leadership position if wide-reaching policy changes aren’t put into place soon. “The 5G Ecosystem: Risks & Opportunities for DoD” report is available for download here:https://media.defense.gov/2019/Apr/03/2002109302/-1/-1/0/DIB_5G_STUDY_04.03.19.PDF

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  • 5G Security NewsFrance 5G Security

    France defines 5G security requirements

    France’s parliament is debating a bill that would see the country establish stricter security rules around 5G networks. The bill would require all 5G network equipment to undergo special security testing and be cleared before those vendors could be eligible for 5G contracts. While the legislation doesn’t target Huawei explicitly, it is obviously influenced by the U.S. recent pressure against Huawei. “We don’t target any gear maker; we target equipment,” said Thomas Gassilloud, a lawmaker…

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  • 5G Security NewsHuawei 5G Security

    Defiant Huawei reports 25% profit growth

    Huawei released its 2018 Annual Report today. Despite the growing 5G-related geopolitical spat it has found itself in and U.S. efforts to curtail its business, Huawei reported $107 billion in total revenues for the 2018 financial year, up 20% year-on-year. Its net profit grew 25.1% year-on-year. Profits are mostly driven by Huawei’s booming smartphone business which is currently growing faster than Samsung or Apple. More https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/huawei-boasts-of-bullish-growth-in-2018-annual-report/d/d-id/750521

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  • 5G Security NewsUK Huawei Cyber Security

    UK government issues a warning of Huawei

    UK government’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board just published its fifth annual report for the Cabinet Secretary. The board, which is chaired by the head of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, has issued its harshest warning yet over the cyber security risks posed by Huawei and their involvement in future 5G networks. US government effectively banned Huawei from the US market since a report from US Congress in 2012 labeled it a…

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  • 5G Security NewsEU 5G Security

    EU recommends approach to 5G security

    Today the European Commission (EC) has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high l Add Formevel of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. The EC has recommended a series of operational steps and measures aimed at ensuring a high level of security of 5G networks across the EU including: legislative and policy measures designed to protect the nations’ economies, societies and democratic systems; recommendation that each member state complete…

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  • 5G Security NewsATT Fake 5G

    AT&T ‘Fake 5G E’ mobile network slower than competitor’s 4G

    Open Signal, a company which specialized in assessing the capabilities of mobile networks worldwide has recently tested and found that AT&T’s “5G E” mobile network is in fact slower than some of its competitors advanced 4G LTE networks. AT&T’s “5G E” concept has been criticized widely in online technology circles as a purely marketing based move which was meant to confuse consumers into believing falsely that AT&T’s “5G E” is as capable as current 5G…

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  • 5G Security News5G Spectrum

    Germany begins sales of 5G spectrum

    Disregarding lawsuits and other delaying attempts from Germany’s big 3 Telecommunications corporations, Germany’s Federal Network Agency has seen fit to begin the auctioning of 41 blocks of spectrum in the 3 and 3.6Ghz bands. These frequencies are short-range, high data-capacity networks especially suited to running connected factories and other critically innovative massive IOT applications. 5G’s big impact will be on connecting our society more so than ever before through its large bandwidth, high speed and…

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  • 5G Security NewsNATO 5G Security

    NATO Will Assess Potential Security Implications of 5G Gear

    On 14th March 2019, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the launch of his Annual Report for 2018 touched on security and geopolitical concerns of 5G (full transcript here). Stoltenberg said that allies are “…consulting closely on this issue, including on the security aspects on investments in 5G networks.” The Secretary General acknowledged that “NATO allies have expressed their concerns over Huawei and their role in providing 5G infrastructure” and added “NATO takes these concerns…

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  • 5G Security NewsGermany 5G Security

    Germany Will Define Its Own Security Standards for 5G Security

    After Washington last week warned Germany that it would scale back intelligence data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate in German 5G implementation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back to assert independence. Merkel stated that the German government was keenly focused on security 5G mobile infrastructure, but Berlin would keep its own counsel. “Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area,…

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  • 5G Security NewsGSA 5G Security Primer

    GSA – 5G Security Primer Whitepaper

    The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today issued a 5G Security Primer whitepaper. The whitepaper provides a top-level overview of the security considerations and required approaches necessary for securing 5G networks. GSA calls on industry to adopt security best practices to make 5G a success. The whitepaper includes detail on trust models and assumptions within 5G networks compared to LTE. It also outlines how 5G architecture and features enhance security including network slicing and SBA…

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  • 5G Security NewsHuawei 5G Security Center

    Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Center Opens in Brussels

    On March the 5th, 2019, Huawei opened a Cyber Security Transparency Center in Brussels as part of its 2 billion USD Cybersecurity project, to a great fanfare and large amount of interest “with over 200 representatives from regulators, telecom carriers, enterprises, and the media attending the event” (Huawei Press Release, 2019). Though not directly claimed in press publications, this project along with the centre itself appear to be part of Huawei’s attempt to convince the…

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