Czech Republic, US sign joint 5G security declaration

Czech PM Andrej Babis

The Czech Republic and the United States have signed a joint declaration on Wednesday for cooperating on security of 5G technology, news wires reported. The Czech government office said the document was signed remotely by Czech PM Andrej Babis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The signing comes amid a global battle between the US and China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of network infrastructure equipment. Huawei has become the target of US security concerns because of its ties to the Chinese government. Washington says the equipment could be used to spy on communications.

The declaration says that “protecting communications networks from disruption or manipulation, and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and the Czech Republic, are vital to ensuring that our people are able to take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities 5G will enable.”

The two countries also supported discussions on 5G security with the NATO military alliance, the declaration posted on the Czech government’s website said.

The Czech Republic’s cyber security watchdog previously warned against the use of products by Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE.

The Czech Republic, whose telecoms regulator is due to launch an auction for new 5G frequencies this year, was to host a 5G security conference in Prague this week but the meeting has been postponed due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

The United States and Poland signed a similar declaration last September.


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