Poland and USA sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology

Poland and USA sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology
Published: 3 September 2019 - 1:05 p.m.

The USA and Poland signed an agreement on Monday to work together on new 5G technology. This is surrounding the concerns that are growing about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

USA's vice president Mike Pence alongside Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the deal in the capital of Poland, Warsaw on Monday. Pence was filling in for president Donald Trump, who scrapped the trip due to the recent hurricane Dorian in the USA.

Over the last few months, the USA has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks over concerns that the Chinese government could force the company to give it access to data for cyber-espionage. Subsequently, Huawei has denied the allegation whereas states in Europe have turned down the idea of an outright ban.

With this in mind, the USA-Poland agreement comes at a crucial time in the global battle between Huawei and the USA. At the news conference with both Pence and Polish president Andrzej Duda, both conveyed similar views in ensuring that only trusted providers have access to developing networks. When Duda was asked about whether the USA had provided evidence of Chinese spying, his answer did not directly mention the USA but included “Indeed, Poland’s counterintelligence has detected activity that could be of espionage nature”. He further went onto say that prosecutors are investigating the matter.

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