The Czech Republic, US pledge cooperation on 5G network security

By Catherine Sbeglia

This week, the Czech Republic and the United States signed a joint declaration pledging cooperation on 5G network security and establishing a strict framework for assessing foreign equipment providers. Signed by Czech prime minister Andrej Babis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the document states that suppliers should be assessed for undue foreign influence, regardless of ownership transparency and commitment to intellectual property rights, or which are subject to legal regimes that enforce transparent corporate practices.

“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 declaration said.

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