Albania is the latest country to join the queue in the region for reliable 4G and 5G networks after Prime Minister Edi Rama signed a memorandum with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels on Sunday.
Without explicitly mentioning the Chinese giant, the agreement likely excludes China's Huawei from the competition.
After an identity crisis over the past years, NATO leaders will gather in Brussels on Monday (14 June), for a summit to re-orient the alliance, sandwiched between the G7 summit in Britain and an EU-US summit right after.
After four acrimonious years under the Trump administration, Biden's arrival will not make the challenges go away.
Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017, just weeks before US President Donald Trump took office
Joe Biden departs Washington early on June 9 on the first foreign trip of his presidency, launching an intense series of summits with G7, European and NATO partners before a tense face-to-face with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Biden, 78, heads from the White House first to Britain ahead of a G7 summit in a Cornish seaside resort from Friday to Sunday.