India and France have decided to collaborate on development of more secure 5G and 6G telecom systems.
The development comes as the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to prepare for the future together by further deepening their cooperation during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday (4 May).
The two countries have decided to expand the bilateral cooperation in new domains to meet emerging challenges and broadening their international partnership, according to a joint statement.
Further, to address the “contemporary challenges” that have arisen in space, in particular maintaining a secure access to space for all, India and France have agreed on setting up a bilateral strategic dialogue on space issues.
India and France also agreed to strengthen their cooperation on cyber security and digital technology.
“Building upon the implementation of the Indo-French roadmap on cyber security and digital technology, India and France reiterate their willingness to deepen their cooperation on exascale technology, based upon the fruitful collaboration between C-DAC and ATOS, which includes making supercomputers in India,” the statement reads.
“The two sides also agree to work together for more secure and sovereign 5G/6G telecom systems,” it added.
The two sides agreed on joining forces in promoting cyber norms and principles in order to counter cyber threats. They also agreed to upgrade their bilateral cyber dialogue with a view to contributing to a peaceful, secure and open cyberspace.