It is no longer news that the U.S. is far behind China in 5G development. This was not the case with 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. Apparently, the U.S. is not used to someone else being ahead in network development. The American government has reasons to ban Chinese companies that are ahead in 5G development. It didn’t just ban these companies, it is also on the neck of its allies (and the world) to do the same. The U.S will be very happy to see Huawei go down. However, the question is “Why will a government be so interested in one company?”. Today, the US State Department website showed the introduction of what it called “Clean Network”. This Clean Network lists a group of companies that are “Clean”.
The likes of the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark and Latvia, Greece, and more have all chosen to exclude Huawei in their 5G network. Of course, they do not want to be in the U.S. “black book”. The “Clean Network” includes “Clean Carrier”, “Clean Store”, “Clean Apps”, “Clean Cloud”, “Clean Cable” and “Clean Path”. However, are the companies on its list really clean? Are they not just the companies that support the American agenda? These are the questions that everybody is currently asking.
List of “clean operators”
According to the U.S. Department of State, some of the world’s largest telecommunications companies are “Clean Telcos.” The list contains Orange (France), Jio (India), Telstra (Australia), SK Telecom and KT (South Korea), NTT (Japan), and O2 (UK). These are carriers that do not use China’s Huawei or ZTE. It appears that the U.S. definition of “clean operator” is “do not use anything Chinese”. However, for an operator to be “TRULY CLEAN”, it is much more than Chinese technology. The Chinese are not the only ones that illegally collect data. They are not the only ones that spy on users. A “TRULY CLEAN NETWORK” should ensure that there is no illegal activity going on whether it is Chinese or American. See the full list in the image below
Top government executives have their say on the U.S “5G Clean Path”
In this regard, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “Poland believes that the construction of our 5G Clean Path network is a prerequisite for the EU to achieve strategic technological sovereignty. We must ensure its security at all costs – we need to be a 5G Clean Country…All European companies have to maintain clean production lines and 5G Clean Path to avoid potential industrial espionage activities…”
EU Commissioner Thierry Breton said: “The EU and all member states have jointly developed a set of 5G network security toolboxes that define standards and clear measures to avoid the use of “high-risk suppliers”. The toolbox also adds that certain non-EU countries (suppliers) that have state backing are serious cyber threats to their national security. European 5G providers are likely to meet these standards. This will guide the board of directors of telecom operators who need to make 5G supplier decisions. If they choose a ‘high-risk 5G supplier’, we know who to hold accountable when anything happens”
Top executives of some carriers speak
Telefonica stated in its digital manifesto that “security is paramount”, and its CEO and chairman Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete Lopez recently declared: “Telefonica is honored to be a 5G Clean Path company.”
Jun Sawada, CEO of NTT of Japan, said: “Guaranteeing the security of customers and their personal information is our top priority. The US government’s statement on 5G clean networks is consistent with our position. We are also very happy to be a 5G Clean Telecom Company…”
Mickey Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten Japan, and CEO of Rakuten Mobile said: “Rakuten Mobile’s network is built on the basis of ensuring a high degree of security. In addition, it requires a high degree of agility and a high degree of cheapness…We are proud to be a 5G clean operator approved by the US State Department.”
Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle, said: “…We are also proud to support the Clean Network program and provide Clean Network solutions.”
VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, said: “VMware is pleased to support Clean Path and its intention to create an open, secure, programmable, reliable, and software-driven end-to-end 5G infrastructure. Security should be all serious consideration for 5G, 6G, and more advanced networks…”