U.S. and Poland may sign 5G network security agreement this weekend

The United States and Poland may sign an agreement on 5G wireless network security during Vice President Pence's visit to Poland this weekend, officials told reporters Friday.

A senior administration official told reporters ahead of Pence's trip to Poland that there could be an announcement "in the next day or two involving a secure 5G network." 

The official added that "important steps are being taken, some of which we may be able to announce in the next day or two, to develop a common approach to a 5G network security between our two countries to ensure a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem."

The agreement may address threats from Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications group that the Commerce Department added to its "entity list" earlier this year, citing national security concerns.

U.S. companies are banned from doing business with companies on this list, though President Trump said in June that he would allow some U.S. companies to sell to Huawei. 

The administration official referred to the need to protect 5G networks against "adversarial nations" in describing the threat from Huawei, which is one of the largest telecommunications suppliers in the world. 

According to Reuters, a Polish official said on Thursday that the agreement between the U.S. and Poland would not exclude any specific companies, but noted that security along with cooperation with the U.S. would be taken into consideration.

Pence is undertaking the trip to Poland instead of President Trump, who announced on Thursday that he would stay in the U.S. due to the approaching Hurricane Dorian. Pence will also visit the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland on the trip.