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AI and 5G
In 2013, George F. Young and colleagues completed a fascinating study into the science behind starling murmurations. These breathtaking displays of thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of birds in a single flock swooping and diving around each other, look from a distance like a single organism organically shape-shifting before the viewer’s eyes. In their research article, Young et al reference the starling’s remarkable ability to “maintain cohesion as a group in highly uncertain environments and with limited, noisy information." The team discovered that the birds’ secret lay in paying attention to a fixed number of their neighbors –...
Prague 5G Security Conference
Security officials from EU nations, Japan, the United States and Australia gathered in Prague on Thursday and Friday to discuss 5G security threats. Two-day Prague 5G Security Conference held under the auspices of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš hoped to develop a series of recommendations on how to approach future cyber threats emerging from 5G technologies. Building a path towards consensus in 5G security is the right thing to do. A more science-based approach agreed to by the majority of the countries is the best way to balance the technological progress with the risks of this new revolutionary technology. Unfortunately,...
Huawei bans
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. (See my article for more background on the geopolitics of 5G https://5g.security/5g-geopolitics/geopolitics-of-5g-massive-critical-iot/). 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 equipment between 2009 and 2011. With these backdoors, Huawei could have gained unauthorized access to Vodafone's "fixed-line network in Italy." It wouldn't be a 5G story...
Huawei bans
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 Cyber Security Evaluation Centre. Rob strayer believes that this would “lead inevitably” to a banning of Huawei as...
HuaweiChinaUS
Excellent article today from the Washington Post: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G technology Author brings together nicely the recent spat about Huawei and Trump's 5G-related proclamations, history of wireless in the U.S. and the concerns about Chinese espionage. He also discussed why the U.S. currently doesn't have companies that manufacture 5G technology.
Germany 5G Security Standard
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 they will have to build the 5G networks whilst living up to the stringent security requirements made by the government for the winning bidders...
Swisscom 5G
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 partnering up with manufacturers to only allow early adopters on expensive new phones access to their 5G networks at first. Firstly, because usually only the flagship offerings...
5G Critical Infrastructure
Not even 30 years separate us from the end of the Cold War. Yet, we appear to be witnessing the emergence of a new one, a technology Cold War between the United States and China. This time, instead of a ‘red under the bed’, the US government has declared there is one at the back door. It accuses Chinese technology companies of deliberately building vulnerabilities into their tech, allowing the Chinese to access and control these devices and machinery at will. Headlines are dominated by the case against Huawei, and debate continues to rage...
5G Business
5G connectivity burst onto the world stage at last year’s Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and gained pop culture visibility again at the April 2019 NCAA Final Four men’s college basketball games in Minneapolis. Why the rush to 5G though, when most of the world is still rolling out 4G mobile service or still waiting for it? Consumers don’t yet have 5G enabled phones anyway. And why should mobile phone manufacturers push new 5G phones out to market before there’s any connectivity across coverage areas large enough to justify replacing a smartphone? According to the Wall...
Verizon 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 of Chicago and Minneapolis. Additionally, it would only operate with a specific phone, the Motorola Z3, working with a custom-add on pack which would enable...
Germany 5G Security Standard
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
Mobile UK 5G Report
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 5G in the UK. The cost to the UK economy of a delay in rollout is...
DoD 5G Report
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  
5G France
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 from President Emmanuel Macron’s party. Bloomberg report here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-03/france-s-5g-bill-makes-it-tough-but-not-impossible-for-huawei