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01/16/2021 Source:  Swazi Observer
Author: Bodwa Mbingo 1 min read

Eswatini 1st African Country To Join 5G Clean Network Giants

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Historical! January 15, 2021 will go down the continent’s history books as the day when Eswatini became the first African country to join the 5G Clean Network, a United States (US) initiative aimed at improving digital security, including on 5G.

It provides a trusted foundation for countries and companies to ensure the security of their most sensitive information. Yesterday, Eswatini joined more than 50 other clean countries to become the 60th, 170 Clean Telcos and many of the global hi-tech Clean Companies on the Clean Network. This transpired during a Joint Declaration press event held virtually between Eswatini and the United States, where the two countries were represented by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Senator Manqoba Khumalo and US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach. The two agreed on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring safe technology supply chains based on internationally accepted digital trust standards. They expressed their commitment to safeguarding each country’s national security by excluding high-risk digital equipment suppliers. Krach welcomed Eswatini into the clean network, highlighting that this is the way for the future where citizens, governments and businesses will interact with each other.

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