India & Japan Signs MoU to Intensify Cooperation in ICT Sector

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Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad with the Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda Ryota Signed MoU Virtually and Agreed to Work extensively together on 5G, Telecom Security, Submarine Optical Fiber Cable, Smart Cities etc.

Department of Telecom, Government of India and Ministry of Communications, Government of Japan will intensify Cooperation in the field of 5G technologies, telecom security, submarine optical fiber cable system to islands of India, spectrum management, smart cities, high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, disaster management and public safety etc. It has been agreed that apart from Ministry level cooperation, industry partners from Japan will also be a part of this cooperation.

Enouncing during the occasion the Union Minister for Communication, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted the timely execution of connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands with submarine optical fiber cable as a significant example of cooperation between India and Japan. He further shared the rapid adoption of the 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 further highlighted that during COVID19, due to attractive polices like PLIĀ  and SPECS huge amount of investments have come to India in the field of electronics manufacturing. He urged the Japanese electronics industry to invest in India and to avail the benefits of the new technologies, while highlighted the great potential India holds for Japanese investors in the field of 5G and its based services, Internet of Things, digital health technologies etc.

Japanese Minister Mr. Takeda Ryota expressed contentment on signing of MoU between India and Japan and expressed the commitment of Government of Japan towards mutual cooperation and investments in India.