State Department’s 5G Clean Network Club Gains Members Quickly
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Clean Network initiative for 5G in April. He invited nations and corporations to join a global effort to promote data privacy, security, human rights, and collaboration in communication networks. The Clean Network is based on internationally accepted, technologically neutral standards of digital trust developed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies Source; the European Union’s 5G Toolbox; and the Prague Proposals, 5G recommendations form 30 nations. The most advanced network policy from the State Department to date, it provides a comprehensive network model integrating the engineering concepts of infrastructure, data, and applications. More than 30 leading mobile operators from 20 countries have joined the US in excluding components produced by Chinese government affiliates in 5G networks. Collectively, the Clean Network group of countries covers 52 percent of the global economy and sets a secure baseline for 5G.