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A refreshing and eye-opening debate on 5G

Huawei, the world’s leading ICT equipment supplier, has participated in a 5G Roundtable in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 December 2019. The Roundtable, entitled 5G in the EU: Opportunities & Challenges on the Verge of the 2nd Digital Revolution”, took place from 16.00 to 18.00 in Room LOW N3.1 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The platform of young pro-European parliamentarians, EU40, and MEPs Eva Kaili (S&D) and Franc Bogovič (EPP) hosted the event.

“Today’s debate has brought refreshing new perspectives. Not all of us were seeing 5G as a solution for climate change mitigation”, said Dan Sobovitz, Tech Evangelist and Digital Storyteller of Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič.

MEP Eva Kaili underlined the importance of a facts-based approach when it comes to defining the parameters for the deployment of 5G in the EU. MEP Franc Bogovič pointed out that Europe needs to pay attention not to fall behind in the deployment of strategic future technologies. MEP Klaus Bucher noted that radiation issues have to be addressed properly. Steve Purser, Head of Core Operations at ENISA (The EU Agency for Cybersecurity) pointed out that the EU’s toolbox on 5G Cybersecurity is due to be published “soon”.

Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, announced that “Huawei is considering deploying 5G in Europe made in Europe” and emphasized that 5G emits 90% less energy per bite than 4G. Also, Abraham Liu noted that Huawei’s 5G is a key tool for the European Union to attain its technology sovereignty.