The 5G Future
Incredible Promise, Significant Risk
Fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology will form the backbone of future economies and public services. Newly networked societies will be critically reliant on innovative new applications. Countries must take action now to safeguard their emerging 5G networks, because the stakes could not be higher.
“With so much on the line, it’s urgent that trustworthy companies build these 21st-century information arteries. Specifically, it’s critical that European countries not give control of their critical infrastructure to Chinese tech giants like Huawei, or ZTE.”
– Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Politico Europe, December 2, 2019
The Promise of 5G
Not just faster smart phones.
Who will you trust to control your 5G?
The telecom company Huawei wants to install its 5G equipment in networks worldwide. Since many are uneasy about the company, Huawei is aggressively spreading misleading and false information about its technical capabilities, ownership, and legal obligations to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Huawei cannot be trusted to tell the truth or protect the interests of others, and it should not be trusted with the vital security of 5G networks.
There is no safe space for untrustworthy vendors in the 5G network.
The assessment of the United States’ technical experts is that the risks of allowing Chinese telecommunications equipment anywhere in 5G networks cannot be mitigated. Given how 5G networks will be built, there will be no safe parts of a 5G network for untrusted equipment. Allowing Chinese telecommunications equipment into any part of a 5G network therefore creates unacceptable risks to national security, critical infrastructure, privacy, and human rights.
United States supports a secure 5G future for everyone.
“It is a very different thing to engage in transactions that have a national security
component to them. When a nation shows up and offers you goods that are well below market,
one ought to ask what else is at play, why it was that that entity showed up with a deal
that is literally too good to be true.”
– Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo