FILE PHOTO: US Vice-President Mike Pence walks out of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof during Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on the 16th February 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States of america and Poland may sign an agreement aimed at assuring the availability of 5G networks, as the US Vice-President, Michael Pence to visit the European nation in the coming days, a senior White House official said on Friday.
The purpose of the agreement is to protect networks from unauthorized access and interference with telecommunications providers monitored by the opponents of the nations,” the official said, without naming the companies or the countries name.
“Important steps have been taken, and where we might be in a position to announce in the next day or two, in order to develop a common approach to a 5G network, security between the two countries, and to provide a safe, secure, and vibrant, 5G ecosystem,” the official said.
The comments echo those of a senior Polish government official, who floated a similar deal on Thursday. Poland, which has close relations with the United States of america, and in July it proposed to tighten its own cyber security standards, and was able to ban certain products, or suppliers of the most important parts of the future 5G network.
The Polish official was not specific to the company, or of the facilities of a particular country should be excluded as part of the new agreement with the United States, even though security and co-operation with Washington would be a very important aspect of my work.
The United States has led a global campaign to convince one of the allies in the wake of China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world’s top telecommunications-equipment supplier of the 5G network.
The US government says that the company has the ability to spy on its customers, and may have violated the Iran sanctions and theft of U.s. intellectual property rights. Citing national security concerns in Washington, the Chinese company is on a blacklist, which effectively bans U.S. companies from selling without special license. Huawei denied the accusations against him.
Pence’s trip to Poland is in the position of the US President, Donald Trump, that comes to an abrupt halt, and his travel plans to stay at home and make sure that the federal government is prepared for a hurricane is on the way to Florida.
Washington has hailed Poland’s commitment to the funding of the military to comply with NATO requirements, as well as the President He had signed an agreement during a June visit to poland’s President, Andrej Duda, for the sending of up to 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland. Advantage of the previously visited Poland in July of 2017, a few months after he took office.
Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland; Editing by David Gregorio and Steve Orlofsky