There is now a strong push for a global 5G security approach as officials hammer out a untied view in Prague. The goal is clear, the group aims to hammer out a set of rules on how to combat threats as nations begin rolling out next generation telecoms equipment. The United States has been seeking to limit the role of Chinese telecom equipment makers such as Huawei Technologies in building 5G networks due to fears they could be used by Beijing for spying. Huawei has denied the allegations.
There are officials from 30 nations in the European Union and Europe, NATO, and countries such as the United States, Japan, Australia and Germany who want to structure a shared security policy. Russia, China and Huawei were not invited to the meetings. Those organizing the conference said that conclusions from the conference would be informal as some participating countries were not ready to sign any documents in Prague because they had not concluded debates about these issues back home.
The conditions set by officials at the conference would make it difficult for China to meet so there surely is an element of containment by the members. The concern is that if the underlying technology for 5G connectivity is vulnerable, it could allow hackers to exploit such products to spy or disrupt them. So it seems cybersecurity risks are at the core of the standards set by this group. More on this topic in the coming weeks.