SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria and the United States on Friday signed a security statement for next-generation 5G cellular networks designed to ensure secure and clean communications.
Bulgaria has joined the US State Department’s Clean Network initiative to “address long-term threats to privacy, security and human rights to the free world from authoritarian vicious actors like the Chinese Communist Party”.
“Bulgaria is in good company. As a member of the NATO alliance, it is now joining 27 of the 30 NATO member states as a member of the Clean Network, ”said Keith Krach, US Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, in a video published by the Bulgarian Government of the signing.
The US Embassy in Sofia called the signing “historic” and said Bulgaria is joining a “growing coalition of countries and companies committed to protecting their 5G networks from untrustworthy providers”.
Washington was alarmed by Beijing’s dominance in the 5G infrastructure market and urged its allies to shut out China’s Huawei Technologies.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the European Union had already issued guidelines on the security of 5G networks and that they should be built on fair competition and transparency.
The government’s statement did not mention specific providers or what the document would mean for Bulgarian telecom operators who will develop the 5G networks.
However, the Bulgarian business newspaper Kapital quoted Krach as saying that the main idea of the initiative was to ensure that the Bulgarian telecommunications operators use trustworthy providers and not choose Huawei and ZTE (HK ????.
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