Driven by new rules from the US administration regarding security aspects for telecom equipment, the business of a telecom company and application fields are facing serious impacts. Coupled with the emerging new European industrial policy “Open Strategic Autonomy” and considerations for vendors around openRAN, there are currently many challenges for the sector.
Our two sessions will aim to develop a view on the influence from global trade restrictions and constantly emerging cybersecurity challenges on industrial global supply chains. We will discuss a holistic view of the challenges and possible responses based on academic, policy and industrial insights.
Join us for one or both of our sessions.
International Policy and Global Trade Challenges
3 – 4:15 p.m.
This session will look at the role of new communications technologies and related security aspects. How should new technologies be regulated? How best to foster innovation in the EU? Is “open strategic autonomy” necessarily protectionist? Should technology procurement take geo-strategic concerns into account more? How might the US elections change the position? What is the long-term effect of US technology transfer sanctions? How viable are competitive markets as a basis for providing critical infrastructure?
- Matthew Kirk, International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs (Chair)
- Dr. Paul Timmers, University of Oxford / European University Cyprus
- Jose María Viñals, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
- Richard Spearman, Group Corporate Security Director, Vodafone
- Pearse O’Donohue, Director of Future Networks, European Commission (DG/CONNECT)
Emerging Cybersecurity Challenges on Global Supply Chains
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
This session will explore how the industry will manage global supply chains against a background of growing uncertainties, trade restrictions and protectionism; how challenges of a multivendor ecosystem can be managed from technical limitations and interoperability to compliance with changing security requirements; and if new approaches like openRAN will be an option for operators to escape from the vendor dilemma.
- Dr. Georg Serentschy, Senior Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs (Chair)
- Dr. Björn Rupp, Chief Executive Officer, GSMK
- Prof. Jean-Pierre Seifert, Einstein-Professor for Security in Telecommunications, TU Berlin
- Torsten Küpper, Senior Director, Government Affairs Europe, Qualcomm Europe, Inc.
- Manuel Carpio, Advisory Board Member, Company Security & Society Foundation (ESYS)