Russian minister expresses interest in collaboration with India on telecoms and 5G at ITU meeting

Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Bella Cherkesova expressed her intention to deepen collaboration with India in telecommunications technologies, security and the development of use cases of 5G, an official press release announced on Monday.

She met India’s Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan on the sidelines of an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Romania which started on September 24.

In talks with the Russian minister, Chauhan briefed her on India’s success in spreading digital infrastructure across the country, especially in rural and remote areas, from the recent 5G spectrum auction and the imminent commercial launch of 5G in India.

“Chauhan mentioned that the whole country will be covered with 5G services in a few years. India has developed a 4G stack locally and is about to develop an indigenous 5G stack,” the statement said.

He said India has taken several steps to become self-sufficient in advanced telecom technologies including the development of chipsets.

Chauhan mentioned that the Indian government has formed a technology innovation group for the design and development of 6G technology by 2030.

“The Russian Deputy Minister appreciated the growth of telecommunications in India and said that India’s success in telecommunications is a great case study for the whole world. She showed keen interest in deepening the collaboration with India in telecoms, advanced telecom technology, security and development of 5G use cases,” the statement from the telecom ministry said.

After the Russian-Ukrainian war, several Western-based technology companies left Russia.

Chauhan, during the Ministerial Roundtable of the 2022 Plenipotentiary Conference, said the government has drawn up a plan to extend mobile services to all 6.4 lakh villages in the country by 2023 and fiber optic connectivity to 2025.

He also mentioned that to reach out to the unconnected, India has set up 5.7 lakh Common Service Centers in remote and rural areas, which ensure delivery of various government to citizen (G2C) e-services. and other citizen-centric online services.

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