The Dutch government published the Decree on Security and Integrity of Telecommunications (Bvit) on 5 December. The decree lays down the legal possibility to exclude a supplier from Dutch networks based on evidence or suspicion the company wants to undermine networks. The government is also working on another measure: the Decree on the unwanted control of telecommunications stipulates that foreign takeovers in the telecom and ICT sector must be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The Bvit decree gives substance to the European measures for 5G security. All member states have this year looked into the matter. Questions around cyber security and “state actors” have been around for some time, but the issue has been accelerated by 5G and the US trade war.