Vodafone Albania has recorded a historic moment for the telecommunications sector, becoming the first operator to bring the 5G experience to Albania.
In the presentation event - which was also attended by politicians (including Edi Rama) - the driving of a remote electric car through the 5G network offered by Vodafone Albania was tested. The general manager of the latter, Achilleas Kanaris, underlined the extraordinary importance of this moment:
"We are starting this new route here in Tirana today. The good news is that Vodafone, as the largest and most stable investor in the country, is also committed to this path.
Today we are witnessing a pilot project, tested in very few other countries and which puts Albania at the forefront of this journey. We are committed not only in implementing the 5G in Albania, but also in radically changing our fixed infrastructure services, starting with the achievement of an agreement to purchase ABCom.
We hope this event is just the starting point of this journey. The 5G is a challenge that Vodafone is ready to face, putting Albania at the forefront of this new evolution."- declared Kanaris at Top Channel.
The 5G technology offers a very high navigation speed and a response time to 10 times greater than the 4G; with its introduction the doors of a new "industrial revolution" will open. Albania is the eleventh country in the world where this technology is presented.
The US warns Albania: attention to the 5G network
In a post on Facebook, the US embassy in Tirana reiterated its support for Albania on a mature and responsible approach to the 5G network, then reporting the statement made a few days ago by Deputy Ambassador Leyla Moses-Ones:
"Albania is doing the right thing, overseeing the protection of its networks. Once again this country has made it clear that certain things in Albania are not for sale."- said Moses-Ones.
For Robert Strayer, head of IT security at the US State Department, countries planning to introduce the 5G network should evaluate suppliers based on objective factors and ask themselves the following questions:
- Is the company headquartered in a country where there is the rule of law and an independent judicial system?
- Does the company have a transparent ownership structure?
- Does the company have a history of ethical behavior?
Strayer's words were then from another post with direct reference to the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei:
"Huawei hopes to produce and sell its 5G network equipment worldwide. However, there are clear reasons why countries and consumers must act with caution. Huawei is based in China, a country without independent judiciary or respect for the rule of law.
China also has a law that requires companies to help the government spy. This means that there is no way to challenge the Chinese government if it orders a company to spy or steal. In addition, Huawei also has a history of ethical violations, including the theft of secrets from its competitors"- we read in the post.
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Huawei's response came through the words of Huawei Albania's CEO, Cui Guiqi:
"Huawei shares concerns about Internet security. Once we purchase our equipment, our customers check all aspects of network access, the security of their systems and user data.
Huawei is a private company and no government agency or external organization has shares or controls Huawei in any way.
[...] Among the 60 5G contracts of Huawei, 31 are with European partners. While as far as Albania is concerned, so far we have not performed any 5G tests and we have no contract or commitment to develop 5G in Albania. ”- reads Huawei's reply.