The US and India are discussing 5G technology and its importance through bilateral talks. In a press briefing, US President, Donald Trump said, “During our visit, we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network and the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity, not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship.”
The next generation of wireless internet technology will boost data speed and propel connected devices technologies such as the internet of things (IoT). US President believes that IoT has the potential to bring radical changes in agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, and education.
Trump’s press briefing comes a day after the US Federation Communication Commission chairman Ajit Pai had a meeting with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R. S. Sharma and telecom secretary Anshu Prakash. Pai said, “We have an existing MoU with TRAI and I met chairman Sharma today and emphasised to them that cooperative relationship has been very fruitful over the last three years and we expect it to be so.”
With the increasing teledensity in the US, India is working closely to improve spectrum efficiency. The TRAI has also informed the authorities about LMLC (low mobility large cell) which is developed for 5G technology.
The US government announced last year that it will cut ties with Chinese 5G equipment maker, Huawei alleging that it spied on other countries. Other countries including Australia, Japan have barred Huawei. The Indian government has allowed Huawei to team up with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to conduct 5G trials.