Poland proposes tightening of 5G security standards

In a documentary released on Wednesday, the country’s digital ministry said Poland has proposed tightening cybersecurity standards and may stop some products or suppliers from key parts of a future 5G network.

Proposals, sent to the European Commission on July 15, come after estimates made by European states in the midst of an international case over whether equipment made by China’s Huawei could pose a threat to national security.

Huawei faces an intense international scrutiny of US-led charges that its equipment could be used for spying on by the Chinese government. The company says its technology does not pose a security risk to users.

The ministry’s digital recommendations do not suggest that Poland will ban Huawei from its 5-year-old but leave room to do so.

The paper says that in the last quarter of 2019, Poland plans to impose claims to use only the equipment provided by the trusted suppliers.

He also says there may be an obligation to diversify suppliers, at least in key network areas.

By 2020, Poland would make legal changes allowing it to exclude some products or suppliers from its network.

Poland said it was also in favor of introducing the EU certification scheme for 5G devices, with only certified products used in critical infrastructure and by major telecommunications operators.

Play Communications, the largest mobile telephony operator in Poland, whose network relies heavily on Huawei equipment, said the introduction of a certification scheme could result in higher hardware prices and a slowdown in the implementation of 5G technology.

“… we have great concerns about introducing the obligation to certify hardware and software,” the company said in an e-mailed response to Reuters.

Orange Polska, a unit of Orange of France, and T-Mobile, a Deutsche Telekom unit, refused to comment while Cyfrowy Polsat did not respond to a request for a comment.

In April, the deputy Polish police chief in charge of cyber security said to Reuters that Warsaw was considering setting security standards and imposing restrictions on fifth or fifth generation 5th grids./Investing.com

Stay updated with INFOEUROPEFX to find out the latest news about technology.