Wipro, Tech Mahindra team up with Finnish firms to build up 5G in India

CioreviewIndia team | Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 04:10 IST

Wipro, Tech MahindraIndian firms Wipro and Tech Mahindra are collaborating with Finnish firms for development and expansion of 5G and 6G technologies for India and its markets, a senior Indian official said on Tuesday.

Finnish company Nokia is already working in country areas of India to expand 5G applications, Neeta Bhushan, joint secretary in charge of Central Europe said after a virtual summit between the prime ministers of India and Finland on Tuesday.

“Finland has been a pioneer in 2G, 3G and 4G technologies," Bhushan said. “Wipro and Tech Mahindra are working with Finnish companies and institutes for further collaboration and expansion of 5G and in the evolution of 6G technologies as well," she said.

As per experts, 5G mobile networks will not just permit faster speeds for downloading data, it will support transportation, power and many other kinds of infrastructure including remote controlling of machinery in factories. 5G is seen as the foundation for recognizing the full potential of Internet of Things.

According to Bhushan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin reviewed in progress collaboration in the areas of innovation, research and development, energy including clean technologies, trade and Investment.

The two prime ministers settled that the “ongoing collaboration in joint development of Quantum Computer with the use of Artificial Intelligence (between Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Pune and Aalto University in Finland) to meet the societal challenges was an excellent example of the close association in niche areas," she said.

According to a joint statement issued after the talks, India and Finland “noted that the digital domain was one of the most promising sectors for an intensive India−Finland partnership."

Under this, the focus areas for the two countries included “future ICT, focusing on quantum technologies and computing, future mobile technologies, focusing on 6G research and development, future education, focusing on digital transformation of teaching and learning, essential and cross-cutting elements of all these key domains are the utilisation of artificial intelligence, cyber security and blockchain technologies."

“In this partnership, the companies and universities of both countries can leverage their strengths for mutual benefit," the joint statement said.

The two prime ministers also declared a high level talk in education. They welcomed “the proposal to renew the MoU between consortium of 10 Finnish Universities and 23 IITs for the next five years," Bhushan said.

The two prime ministers looked ahead to meeting each other at the India-European Union Leaders’ meeting in Portugal in May as well as India-Nordic Summit to be held later this year, she added.

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