Not promoting companies: U.S. State Department in 5G clarification

Days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a press release itemizing by title non-public telecom firms that had been solely permitting “trusted vendors” on their 5G networks (particularly, not permitting Chinese firm Huawei), the U.S. State Department clarified that it doesn’t promote firms.

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Mr. Pompeo’s assertion had included Reliance’s Jio and its launch coincided with Indian regulators approving a ₹43,574 crore deal between Reliance’s Jio Platforms and Facebook. Monday’s clarification from the State Department was in response to a query from The Hindu on whether or not the itemizing of greater than 10 firms (“Clean Telcos”) by Mr. Pompeo  was in step with coverage, and if there was a hyperlink with the Facebook-Jio deal being accepted.

“The State Department does not promote companies. ‘Clean Telcos’ simply reflects publicly available information regarding those telecommunications companies’ selection of trusted 5G vendors,” a division spokesperson instructed The Hindu.

“Countries, companies, and citizens need to be able to trust that 5G equipment, software, and service companies will not threaten national security, privacy, economic sovereignty, intellectual property, or human rights. We urge our allies and partners to adopt strong, risk-based 5G security measures that exclude untrusted, high-risk suppliers from all parts of their 5G networks,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Also learn: China warns U.S. of ‘all necessary measures’ over Huawei rules

The U.S. has placed restrictions on its companies selling technology to Huawei and it has been urging different nations — together with India — to ban Huawei from its 5G community.

“The tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state,” Mr. Pompeo had mentioned in his June 24 assertion.

India banned 59 Chinese apps together with TikTok and Wechat on Monday on grounds that these apps had been a menace to the “ sovereignty and integrity” of India. The transfer is a part of India’s retaliation for the dying of 20 of its troopers in lethal clashes with China on June 15.

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