Keynote 1: 5G Supply Chain – The Elephant in the Room and The Toolbox to Build Trust
2019 saw global 5G supply chain resilience come to the fore. With escalating geopolitical tensions and much at stake, the so-called ‘elephant in the room’ became impossible to ignore. Incongruent with the highly consolidated vendor market that operators face today when sourcing equipment, a resilient supply chain should have components available from multiple sources. These sources should be geographically resilient to manage geopolitical or natural disaster type threats. The European Commission has recommended a series of measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. These include establishing a ’toolbox’ to identify types of cybersecurity risk and recommendations around certification, testing and access controls. While there are no quick fixes to making the 5G supply chain more resilient, this pivotal session will examine the ways in which operators and vendors are focusing their efforts to build trust and how European policymakers are implementing the Toolbox.