The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the ministry of communications of the republic of India and the department of digital, culture, media and sports (DCMS) of the United Kingdom for co-operation in telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT).

The MoU aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries in the field of telecommunications and ICT.

The areas for cooperation under the MoU include technological development in telecom/ICT including 5G, internet of things (IoT), machine to machine, cloud computing, big data; ICT policy and regulation; spectrum management; connectivity including mobile roaming; standardisations, testing and certification; and wireless communications.

Besides, the other areas are security of telecom infrastructure, security in the provision and use of telecom services; building capacity in hi-tech areas and exchange of expertise; and collaboration and sharing of information on research and development (R&D) in emerging technologies and innovation among others.

Further, post-Brexit, the pact is also aiming for enhanced scope of cooperation and opportunities for India.