Eswatini is first African country to join US coalition against Huawei for 5G

In a joint statement by Eswatini and the United States, it was announced that Eswatini has become the first African country to join the Clean Network, the US coalition against Huawei for 5G. Both partners committed to “developing a common approach to 5G network security and ensuring a secure, resilient, and trustworthy 5G ecosystem” and announced their desire to strengthen collaboration on this mobile technology. From Eswatini’s perspective,“5G will enable a vast array of new applications… Protecting these next-generation communications networks from disruption or manipulation and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and Eswatini is vital to ensuring that our citizens can take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities 5G will unlock.” Eswatini has turned its back on Huawei and joined nations from the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Eswatini, a small kingdom recently regained duty-free export access to the U.S. market making choosing the US over Huawei simple.