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A common EU approach to the security of 5G networks

The European Commission (EC) has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. The recommendations are a combination of legislative and policy instruments meant to protect our economies, societies and democratic systems. With worldwide 5G revenues estimated at €225 billion in 2025, 5G is a key asset for Europe to compete in the global market and its cybersecurity is crucial for ensuring the strategic autonomy of the Union.

At national level, each Member State should complete a national risk assessment of 5G network infrastructures by the end of June 2019. Member States have also been urged to update existing security requirements for network providers and include conditions for ensuring the security of public networks, especially when granting 5G spectrum licenses.

At EU level, Member States should exchange information with each other and with the support of the Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), will complete a coordinated risk assessment by 1 October 2019.

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New CENELEC standard: With EN IEC 63000:2018, European environmental standards conquer the world

The European Union (EU) has one of the most advanced environmental legislations in the world. It is indeed a necessary step to reach the ambitious objective it has set itself: becoming a leader in the protection of the environment. The good news, both for Europe and the environment, is that sometimes, European standards or practices on environmental issues are adopted at the international level and recognised as globally valuable.

This is the case of recently approved EN IEC 63000:2018. CENELEC has adopted this IEC-made standard, dedicated to providing guidance on the technical documentation for the assessment of electrical and electronic products (EEE) with respect to the restriction of hazardous substances. But, in turn, EN IEC 63000 is extensively based on EN 50581:2012, a fully European harmonised standard  developed to implement the EU’s Directive 2011/65/EU on the “restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”, also known as RoHS Directive.


ETSI releases new standard for NFV Deployment Templates

ETSI published new standard for NFV deployment templates that will provide the foundation for an open ecosystem. The ETSI Industry specification Group (ISG) on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ended 2018 on a bright note, with the publication of the first version of ETSI GS NFV-SOL 001,  the specification of NFV descriptors based on the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA).

This was a highly-anticipated document in the industry, considering the prominent role VNF deployment templates play in an NFV system. Together with ETSI GS NFV-SOL 004, the specification of the structure and format of a VNF package, this new specification provides the foundations of an open ecosystem.


Guide for referencing standards in public procurement in Europe

The Guide for referencing standards has been developed in the frame of the Joint Initiative on Standardization within JIS Action 11 ‘Pilot Project on Increased use of Standards in Public Procurement to better implement the public procurement Directives’, under the leadership of the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS), and has been financed by the European Commission. It aims at guiding public procurement officers across Europe on how they can better reference standards in public procurement. The Guide has been drafted with inspiration gathered from similar guides published in Spain and in Denmark in 2017 and with the support of the consultancy organization DanSense. This material was redeveloped, evaluated and scrutinized by an expert panel in three separate rounds in 2018. 

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76 partners launch WTO talks on e-commerce

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, 76 partners - the European Union and 48 other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) decided to start negotiations to put in place global rules on electronic commerce.

WTO rules on e-commerce will aim to enhance opportunities and address challenges of e-commerce in both developed and developing countries. The negotiations should result in a multilateral legal framework that consumers and businesses, especially smaller ones, could rely on to make it easier and safer to buy, sell and do business online. The new rules would for instance:

  • improve consumers' trust in the on-line environment and combat spam
  • tackle barriers that prevent cross-border sales
  • guarantee validity of e-contracts and e-signatures
  • permanently ban customs duties on electronic transmissions
  • address forced data localisation requirements and forced disclosure of source code

ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) group released phase 2 specifications

ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group (ETSI MEC ISG) has also announced the creation of the Deployment and Ecosystem Development working group (WG DECODE). This group will focus on accelerating the market adoption and implementation of systems using MEC-defined framework and services exposed using MEC-standardized Application Programming Interfaces (APIs. The specification  ETSI GS MEC 002  targets interoperability and deployments. This includes a focus on running applications at the mobile network edge and provides use cases and technical benefits of those deployments.

The ETSI GS MEC 003 addresses the implementation of MEC applications as software-only entities that run on top of a virtualization infrastructure near the network edge. This includes specifications for MEC-in-NFV reference architecture, which defined how MEC-compliant edge deployments can be part of an overall NFV cloud architecture. Additionally, this release package includes ETSI GR MEC 022,  a report on MEC support for vehicle to infrastructure (V2X) and vehicle to vehicle (V2V) use cases.


ETSI offers a novel approach to standards education

ETSI has released a new set of classroom teaching materials on ICT standardization. A comprehensive textbook, “Understanding ICT Standardization: Principles and Practice”, together with an extensive slide pack have been developed with the support of the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat.

Standardization has become a key business process in the ICT industry. Most standards professionals have acquired their technical knowledge through education, training and life-long learning. But it is unlikely they received much formal education or training in standardization.  Generally, third-level students in science and engineering courses have limited exposure to the world of standards, beyond studying or working with specific technical specifications.

The new materials from ETSI will help remedy this situation. They follow a modular design to enable students to focus on the aspects which most concern them. Topics covered include:

  • Standardization basics
  • The standards ecosystem
  • The production of standards
  • Standardization and innovation
  • Standardization and strategy
  • A business perspective: Standardization and intellectual property rights (IPR)
  • The economic benefits of standards

New CEN standard: EN 17161:2019 on Accessibility

European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published a new standard EN 17161:2019 ‘Design for All - Accessibility following a Design for All approach in products, goods and services - Extending the range of users’. This European standard aims to help organizations align with a consistent approach to address accessibility for persons with disabilities. It specifies requirements that can enable an organisation to design, develop and provide products, goods and services that can be accessed, understood and used by the widest range of users including persons with disabilities.’

This standard is the result of the European Commission Standardization Request M/473 to include ‘Design For All’ in relevant standardization initiatives. The requirements set out in this standard are generic and are intended to be applicable to all relevant parts of all organizations, regardless of type, size or product(s), good(s) or service(s) provided.


EPO, CEN and CENELEC to cooperate on standards and patents

The European Patent Office (EPO), the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electro-technical Standardization (CENELEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the support they provide to industry and stakeholders in Europe and beyond in the field of standard-essential patents.

This is the first MoU between the organizations who will now work together to enhance knowledge about the relationship between standardization and patents. The purpose of this collaboration is to support inventors, innovators, researchers and industry on standard-essential patents (SEPs) in different areas of technology by promoting the dissemination of technical standards including relevant patented technologies. The agreement complements the established co-operation in this field between the EPO, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Commission (EC).