CyberSecurity Malaysia, Celcom and Huawei kickstarts installation of 5G test lab

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE 

CYBERSECURITY Malaysia, Celcom Axiata Bhd and Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd have kicked off the first phase of installation for the 5G Cyber Security Test Lab which is situated within the premises of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Cyberjaya.

Phase 1 of the installation involves the supply and installation of 5G equipment by Huawei which include 5G Core, 5G Radio Access Network (RAN), Baseband Unit (BBU), 4G and 5G Remote Radio Unit (RRU), and the indoor telecom power system, for the development of the 5G ecosystem and Test Bed.

Within this phase, Celcom will be guiding the test lab development regarding the 4G provision of technology and technical support such as configuration of equipment, test SIM cards, and others.

CyberSecurity Malaysia will seek 5G spectrum and 5G equipment trial usage approval from the regulatory body during this phase and will roll out the competency building programmes such as 5G technical workshops and cyber security training sessions.

It also will participate in international events for the purpose of fulfilling 5G lab operation regulations and enhancing the lab’s tri-party team’s knowledge and capabilities, in preparation for Phase 2.

“The lab is part of a joint effort between CyberSecurity Malaysia, Celcom and Huawei Malaysia, which was formalised via a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 30, 2021, with the objective of understanding, learning, managing, mitigating, and reducing 5G-related cyber threats while introducing the Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS), to help build a safe, resilient, and inclusive digital ecosystem in Malaysia.

“The 5G Cyber Security Test Lab is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and will be launched later this year,” they said in a joint statement today.

CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said the group aims to expand its capabilities and expertise in security evaluation and testing in 5G technology while strengthening its position as a national cyber security specialist agency through the development of the test lab.

“The objective of this test lab is to evaluate and test 5G networks and related products such as 5G devices, firmware and applications which also covers IoT devices, autonomous vehicles and smart healthcare.

“The support from global technology leader, Huawei and prominent telco operator, Celcom will be a catalyst for our test lab to become a successful and recognized reference centre on 5G security, as part of our commitment to foster security best practices in developing and deploying 5G solutions to relevant parties. We believe this initiative is crucial in ensuring a safer 5G environment for our country,” he added.

Celcom Axiata Bhd CEO Idham Nawawi said the group will focus its strength in data governance and network security management as the key contribution underpinning the test lab.

5G is expected to not only benefit multi-vertical industries but encompass the whole digital ecosystem as challenges of the new norm will require consumers to become more digitally dependent for their work, learning and business requirements, he said.

“With rapid industrial digitalization and new technologies, cyberspace has become more complex than ever, compounded by the fact that people have been spending a greater portion of their time online throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. These trends have led to a rise in new cyber security risks.

“Cybersecurity risk is a shared responsibility and we must work together to build a trustworthy digital environment that meets the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Huawei CEO Michael Yuan.