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DT Opens Door To 5G Security Talks

Deutsche Telekom suggested it would be open to sharing data with other operators, in an effort to safeguard future 5G technologies and improve network security.

Speaking to Reuters, Srini Gopalan, head of Deutsche Telekom’s European business, said there was “nothing more important for our industry” than ensuring the security of networks.

“We would like to do everything productive and positive to enhance that,” he said, opening the door to data sharing between operators.

Gopalan was speaking after the European Commission (EC) unveiled an EU-wide plan to ensure the security of 5G networks, while it notably avoided banning under-fire vendor Huawei from participating in the continent’s rollout despite US pressure.

The EC said it wanted European countries to share intelligence on cybersecurity risks and identify a collective plan to tackle them.

Gopalan reiterated that Deutsche Telekom was continuing to review its procurement strategy for 5G, in light of security concerns around Huawei.

“We have today multiple vendors including Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson in our networks,” he added. “When I said we are reviewing our procurement, what we are reviewing is the mix of that.”

Deutsche Telekom has previously said Europe’s 5G rollout could be delayed by at least two years if Huawei is blocked from supplying equipment for the technology.―Mobile World Live

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