13 May 2021

Catch up: #TeckTracks event on Telecoms Diversification with ETNO

On 12 May 2021, techUK convened a virtual panel session organised jointly by techUK and European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) to examine the common threads and divergences in approach to the security of 5G and vendor diversification.  

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ETNO’s Director General Lise Fuhr opened the event, centring the debate on secure and resilient 5G around the significant benefits that the next generation of connectivity can bring to UK and EU citizens in the next decade.  

Peter Stuckmann outlined his perspectives as Head of Unit, Future Connectivity - DG CONNECT at the European Commission, specifically how secure 5G deployment is a key ambition of the EU’s Digital Decade, and there is no time to lose on rollout.  

From the operator perspective, Richard Wainer (Policy and Public Affairs Director – Networks at BT Group) also stressed the importance of supporting 5G roll-out, the need for greater vendor diversification and how best to deliver that, as well as navigating the challenges diversification presents when removing high risk vendors. Richard also provided a perspective on how the UK telecoms security framework is evolving, as part of the Telecommunications (Security) Bill.  

Finally, Farhat Raza—Head of Telecoms Diversification at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)—presented the policy points underpinning the UK’s vendor diversification strategy for 5G. Supporting incumbent suppliers, attracting new vendors and spurring global competition for open and disaggregated networks are the key strands for DCMS, as well as the department’s work on a longer-term strategy for ensuring the UK has the best quality connectivity possible.  

Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu

Head of EU and Trade Policy , techUK

Sophie James

Sophie James

Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, techUK