GITEX: Industry leaders speak out on 5G security, Huawei

Telcos and industry leaders tackle the issue of 5G security and trust in Huawei technology, in the wake of concerns by the US and other countries.

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Speaking at the GITEX technology conference in Dubai, telecommunications industry leaders tackled the topic of trust in Huawei's 5G technology, which has caused security concerns in the U.S. and other countries.

After the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) deemed Huawei's technology free of security holes, Etisalat -- the multinational Emirati-based telecom services provider -- selected the company as its 5G provider in February, noted Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer at the telecom operator. Du followed suit mid-year, said Saleem Alblooshi, the telecom provider's CTO.

The telecom executives participated at a GITEX panel session, “Battleground 5G - What is at stake and what will it take to win?” yesterday. Huawei weighed in during the session, urging attendees to have faith in the telecom providers.

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