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India and Finland to work on information and communications technology, including ‘6G’

India and Finland will be cooperating on research in information and communications technology (ICT), including '6G' or the sixth generation of cellular data technology. The leaders of the two countries — India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin — held a virtual discussion on Tuesday, where they also announced a partnership over science, technology and education, among other areas. In a joint statement, Modi and Marin said that the digital domain was a promising sector for India-Finland partnership. They will work on three key domains: Future ICT: focusing on quantum technologies and computing Future mobile technologies: focusing on 6G research and development Future education: focusing on digital transformation of teach 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." — Joint statement by Indian and Finnish prime ministers Curiously, while the term "5G" was entirely missing from the joint statement, both leaders discussed the potential for cooperation in 5G technologies, said Neeta Bhushan, joint secretary, Central Europe division in the Ministry of External Affairs in a media briefing, according to a PTI report. "Nokia is already working in the rural areas for expansion of 5G applications. 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," she said. India's partnership with…

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