New Delhi: India and Japan on Friday signed Memorandum of Undestanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technologies such as work on 5G, telecom security, submarine optical fibre cable and smart cities.
The MoU was signed by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda Ryota and it was exchanged through a video conference.
Under this agreement, apart from 5G technologies, telecom security, submarine optical fiber cable system to islands of India, countries will enhance the cooperation in spectrum management, smart cities, high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, disaster management and public safety.
It has been agreed that apart from Ministry level cooperation, Government of India organisation such as C-DOT and ITI Limited along with industry partners from Japan will also part of this cooperation.
Noting that timely execution of connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands with submarine optical fiber cable as a great example of cooperation between India and Japan, the Union Minister for Communication, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the rapid adoption of innovative digital technologies by India during COVID19 pandemic such as AarogyaSetu app, use of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System for doorstep disbursement of cash by India Post, digital hearings in Courts of India and rapid growth of digital payments.
He also said that that during COVID19, due to attractive polices like PLI and SPECS large amount of investments have come to India in the field of electronics manufacturing.
Highlighting the great potential India that India holds for Japanese investors in the field of 5G and 5G based services, Internet of Things, digital health technologies, Mr Prasad urged the Japanese electronics industry to invest in India and avail the benefits new opportunities.
Japanese Minister Mr Takeda Ryota expressed happiness on signing of MoU between the both countries expressed the commitment of Government of Japan towards mutual cooperation and investments in India.