Polish PM, US vice-president sign 5G network security declaration

Polish PM, US vice-president sign 5G network security declaration. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and US Vice-President Mike Pence signed a declaration in Warsaw on Monday regarding security in building a 5G network.

The 5G network is a new telecommunications standard offering up to a hundred times more data transmission capacity than the present 4G system. 5G technology is expected to speed up the growth of the Internet of Things, tele-medical services, driverless vehicle technology and smart cities.

In the declaration, Poland and the United States stated their intention to strengthen cooperation in 5G technology, stressing that it is going to have a fundamental significance for national security.

The declaration also underscores 5G's expected impact on national prosperity and security.

The document stresses the significance of protecting the 5G network against interference or manipulation as well as ensuring privacy and individual freedoms of the citizens of Poland, the United States and other countries.

This requires a thorough and comprehensive assessment of components and software producers, the declaration states, adding that an in-depth analysis of suppliers is also necessary. It needs to be established whether the supplier is controlled by a foreign government, without the possibility of appeal to an independent court, whether the supplier has a clear ownership structure, whether they have shown ethical corporate behaviour and whether they fall under jurisdiction that ensures clarity of business operations.