India and Japan will work together to develop 5G and 5G plus technologies, reported Hindustan Times. The two countries are part of the Quad grouping, along with Australia and United States. Officials of the Quad countries met virtually on Friday to discuss issues surrounding the Indo-Pacific region. According to a US State Department statement, the officials discussed ways to "promote the use of trusted vendors, particularly for fifth generation (5G) networks". An unnamed official involved in the meeting told Hindustan Times that India and Japan had agreed to cooperate closely to develop 5G and other advance technologies, with increased technological support from the US and Australia. Israel, too, will reportedly extend its support. The official also said that India's 5G policy would be taking "final shape" in the coming days, and that Japan would be a close partner nevertheless. India is also reportedly looking to play a bigger role in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a group of standards organisations which develops protocols for telecommunications. India and its partners will be setting more global standards, which until now has been done by Chinese telecom companies. Both India and Japan are currently at odds with China. India has been busy with a series of clashes along its border with China in Ladakh. Japan, meanwhile, is facing Chines intrusions in the Senkaku Islands. The foreign ministers of the four countries are expected to discuss next generation telecommunications technologies in their meeting in Japan next month. Concerns around Huawei's 5G tech Although the US…
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