5G in Europe and South Korea: navigating the tech landscape

Paula Cantero Dieguez

The US campaign against Huawei has brought to the fore questions about secure 5G equipment procurement, at the time when intensive 5G network deployment is planned across Europe. The EU has accelerated its work on 5G & cyber policies and has published a “toolbox” to identify high-risk vendors. While Europe rethinks its relationship with China and its stance on the campaign, others are turning towards trusted suppliers such as South Korea’s Samsung Electronics which has recently obtained 5G equipment supply contracts with several countries. South Korea and the EU are navigating an increasingly competitive landscape with economic and diplomatic pitfalls, as well as opportunities. As they face growing and divisive pressures from the US and China, the EU and South Korea are committing to multilateralism.

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