In this episode, Dr Happymon Jacob discusses the geopolitics surrounding the fifth-generation wireless technology with Finland’s Ambassador to India Ritva Koukku Ronde. The discussion focuses on the issue of 5G collaboration between the two countries given that Nokia is one of the leading component manufacturers of 5G technology in the world.
National security concerns regarding Chinese Huawei and the US-led opposition to Chinese dominance in 5G are also discussed. Ambassador Koukku-Ronde emphasises the need for free competition along with the need to bolster rule-based international order in trade and tariffs. Issues of sustainability and ecological responsibility are stressed. She also makes a case for greater ties between India and Finland.