Stricter security rules will be enforced around the deployment of future mobile networks in the UK, and telecoms companies could face hefty fines if they fail to adhere to higher standards, according to a new law on the security of 5G and fiber networks.
A new draft telecommunications security presented to Parliament aims to strengthen the security of next-generation networks, and to provide the government with “unprecedented” powers to force telecoms giants to stick to the new rules. Part of the law includes managing high-risk vendors, which means that the government will be able to impose controls on providers’ use of equipment supplied by companies that are deemed unsafe.
Last July, following advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK government ruled that Huawei’s equipment should be entirely removed from the country’s 5G networks by 2027. The telecommunications security bill now enshrines that ruling into law, and