UK and Japan forge closer links on telecoms

The UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure Julia Lopez and Japan’s Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Yuji Sasaki approved a number of joint initiatives to promote efforts to reduce the global overreliance on a small number of suppliers to build and maintain telecoms networks. Aiming at diversifying the technology used in telecoms networks, both governments announced their commitments to share information on their policy approaches vis-à-vis the creation of a more competitive and diverse global market for telecoms equipment, including for 5G and future wireless networks. They also revealed research and development cooperation, with a special focus on open and interoperable network technologies such as Open RAN, which allow telecom providers to mix and match technical equipment from different suppliers within a network. They will facilitate joint efforts between industry and academia in both countries to develop future communications technologies such as 6G.