Turkey and Japan will cooperate in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly 5G. Information and Communications Technologies Authority-ICTA and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan have signed a Joint Statement of cooperation.

During President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Japan, Joint Statement of cooperation in the field of ICT between Turkey and Japan has been signed by Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, President of ICTA for Turkey and by Mr. Yasou Sakamoto, Vice-Minister for Japan.

Recognizing the importance of ICT in the development of social and economic welfare and the critical role of new generation communications technologies in modern societies, Joint Statement foresees exchanging information and experiences on policy and regulation in the field of 5G between the two sides and enhancing relationship in private sector between the two countries.

In the signing ceremony, Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, President of ICTA, said that “This Joint Statement between Turkey and Japan has a great importance. We held Tender of IMT Services and Infrastructures Authorization on 26 August 2015. Through this tender, provision of 4.5G mobile services will start and thus, the way for the transition to 5G with national technology is paved. In this context, it is expected further expansion of broadband infrastructure, provision of mobile broadband services to more consumers and great contribution to national economy.”

Dr. Sayan said that “Within the framework of the vision determined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, we want to become one of the first countries to use 5G technology. Cooperation with Japan, which plans to provide 5G services commercially before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will contribute to our targets. Cooperation between two countries will include research and development (R&D), active participation in global standard-setting processes and Internet of Things (IoT). We expect that works to be carried out under this Statement will contribute to obtaining patents with national R&D, Turkey’s active participation international standard-setting studies and production of national communications hardware and software” as well.

Pointing the importance they attach to 5G studies and the benefit of project-based works, Vice-Minister Mr. Yasou Sakamoto stated that “We have established 5G Forum with the participation of representatives of public, private sector and academy and allocated funds from the budget for 5G studies. Feasibility studies for 5G will start in 2017 and we plan to provide commercial 5G mobile communications services to consumers before Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 5G will also constitute necessary infrastructure for IoT.”

Ms. Figen Kılıç, ICTA Board Member and Mr. Gazali Çiçek, Head of International Relations Department have also participated in the signing ceremony.

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