India signs MoU with Japan to augment cooperation in Information and Communications Technologies

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India has joined hands with Japan to strengthen cooperation in 5G technologies field, besides telecom security, spectrum management, submarine optical fiber cable system to islands of India, smart cities, disaster management, public safety and high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, among others. The MoU agreement for this joint endeavour was signed between depart of telecom of India and ministry of communications of Japan.  The agreement was exchanged between communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and International Affairs and Communications Minister of Japan Takeda Ryota through a video conference.

The agreement involves ministry level cooperation apart from cooperation between Government of India organisations like C-DOT and ITI Limited together with industry partners from Japan will also be part of this cooperation. Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said timely execution of connecting submarine optical fiber cable with Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a great example of cooperation between Japan and India. He shared that during COVID 19 pandemic there have been rapid adoption of digital technologies by the country for example AarogyaSetu app, digital hearings in courts, Aadhaar Enabled Payment System, among others. Ryota expressed commitment of the government of Japan towards investments in India.

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