Japan and India plan to step up cooperation on information and communications technologies. This includes working together on the development of 5G wireless networks.
Japanese communications minister Takeda Ryota and his Indian counterpart Ravi Shankar Prasad signed a memorandum of understanding on the matter at an online meeting on Friday.
Takeda said, ” We hope to overcome the coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible, and take concrete steps to work together in the area of communications and digital technology.”
The two sides plan to work together to develop 5G and undersea cable technology, as well as train experts in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. They also hope to promote dialogue between startups and other firms in both countries.
Japanese companies have already launched a joint 5G research effort with Indian firms and received an order for undersea cables for India.
The communications ministry aims to boost support for Japanese firms to operate in India.