Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Telecommunications, Government of the Republic of India and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, United Kingdom on Cooperation in the Field of Telecommunications/ICT

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of the Republic of India (hereinafter referred to as the “Parties”);

CONSIDERING that the development of telecommunications/information and communication technologies (ICT) is an important contributor to trade; as well as the economic and social development of each country,

CONFIRMING the desirability of mutual cooperation for the development of advanced telecommunications/ICT services, the modernization of telecommunications/ICT networks in the two countries and the expansion and development of telecommunications/ICT services between the two countries ,

DESIROUS of developing and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of Telecommunications/ICT, and

NOTING the deliberations held in the Joint India-UK Working Group (JWG) on Trade between the Department of International Trade (DIT) of the United Kingdom and the Department of Commerce (DoC) of the Republic of India , aimed at resolving issues related to mutually agreed areas and aspects of trade and addressing other issues of common interest,

Have reached the following understanding:

Article 1 – Basic principles

The parties hereby confirm their intention to promote closer cooperation and the exchange of information relating to the telecommunications/information and communication technologies (ICT) sector in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations of each country and the this Memorandum of Understanding on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit, subject to the objectives, plans and priorities of each country.

Article 2 – Scope of cooperation

The parties have identified the following areas of common interest for cooperation in the following areas:

  • a) Telecommunications/ICT policy and regulation;
  • (b) spectrum management;
  • (c) Telecommunications connectivity, including mobile roaming;
  • d) Technical standardization, testing and certification of telecommunications/ICT;
  • (e) Wireless Communications;
  • (f) Technological development in telecommunications/ICT, including 5G, IoT/M2M, Cloud Computing, Big Data, etc. ;
  • (g) Security of telecommunications infrastructure, security of provision and use of telecommunications services;
  • Capacity building in high technology areas and exchange of expertise where possible;
  • (i) Collaboration and sharing of information on research and development on emerging technologies and innovation, as appropriate;
  • Explore opportunities for joint work in signatory countries and third countries on telecommunications/ICT;
  • Facilitate business, investment and technology activities through telecommunications/ICT industry delegations and visits, events, exhibitions, etc., as mutually agreed; and
  • (l) Other forms of cooperation in the field of telecommunications/ICT mutually agreed by the parties, falling within the scope of this Memorandum of Understanding.

Article 3 – Cooperative activities

Cooperative activities, falling within the scope of Article 2, may take the following forms:

  • (a) Facilitation of joint research and studies;
  • (b) Exchange of information, for example in the fields of security, innovation, emerging and new technologies through conferences, visits, seminars and webinars, etc.
  • (c) Creation of centers of excellence and safety testing laboratories;
  • (d) Capacity building;
  • (e) Explore new cooperative activities and any other form of cooperation agreed by the Parties, in the area of ​​telecommunications/ICT, including:
  • IoT/M2M
  • 5G
  • Artificial intelligence
  • big data
  • cloud computing

Article 4 – Mixed working group

1. The Parties will form a Joint Working Group (JWG) which will prepare an “action plan” and identify cooperative activities to be carried out under this MoU and review progress.

2. Trade-related issues in the telecommunications and ICT sectors, raised in the joint UK-India Trade Working Group, and its follow-up dialogues between the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department of Commerce (DoC) of the Republic of India may be taken into consideration by the GTC, as appropriate.

Article 5 – Modes of cooperation

1. All cooperative activities referred to in Articles 2, 3 and 4 of this Memorandum of Understanding will be conducted in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of each country, subject to each country’s plans and priorities.

2. All cooperative activities under Articles 2, 3 and 4 of this Memorandum of Understanding will be subject to the availability of funds and other resources of the parties. The cost of cooperative activities will be shared by the Parties in a manner to be mutually agreed.

3. The parties will enter into separate memoranda of understanding for the implementation of the agreed cooperative activities, which will specify, among other things, how the costs will be borne.

Article 6 – Rights and obligations

This MoU is an expression of interest to explore collaboration and shall not be legally binding and shall not be construed to create enforceable obligations. This Memorandum of Understanding will not affect the rights and obligations of the parties arising from bilateral and multilateral agreements to which each country is a party.

Article 7 – Dissemination of information

Neither party shall disclose or distribute to any third country any information provided by the other party in connection with cooperative activities under this Memorandum of Understanding, except as and to the extent authorized in writing to do so. by such other party, unless such information was lawfully in the first said party’s possession prior to such transmission and could be legally shared.

Article 8 – Amendments

This Memorandum of Understanding may be amended by mutual written consent of the parties.

Article 9 – Settlement of disputes

Any disputes arising between the parties regarding the interpretation and/or implementation of this Memorandum of Understanding will be settled amicably through mutual consultations between the parties.

Article 10 – Validity

This Memorandum of Understanding shall enter into force on the date of its signature and shall remain in force for a period of five (5) years. Thereafter, this Memorandum of Understanding may be automatically extended for a further 5-year period, unless either party gives notice of termination before the end of the 5-year period. This Memorandum of Understanding may be terminated by either party at any time by giving three (3) months written notice to the other party.