Costa Rica’s 5G network contract to exclude China due to cybersecurity regulations

President Chaves and the Costa Rican government have responded to cybersecurity concerns by introducing strict regulations for 5G network contracts. Eligibility now depends on the Budapest Convention endorsement, effectively excluding Chinese companies

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President Rodrigo Chaves and the Costa Rica government have implemented stringent regulations for companies seeking contracts related to the development of the nation’s 5G network. To qualify for these contracts, companies must be based in countries that support the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, an international agreement aimed at standardizing cybersecurity laws and enhancing cooperation against cybercrime.

This move effectively excludes Chinese companies, such as Huawei, from participating, as China has not endorsed the Budapest Convention. Despite concerns from lawmakers and objections from China’s embassy, President Chaves has emphasized Costa Rica’s dedication to protecting its citizens’ security and critical infrastructure.

Costa Rica is expanding its 5G network through the state-owned ICE. This ambitious project aims to boost sectors like agriculture and eco-tourism with improved connectivity. President Chaves emphasizes cybersecurity, navigating global politics while prioritizing citizens and digital infrastructure.