BRICS 5G Innovation Base

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  • August 27, 2020
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BRICS 5G Innovation Base

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International Relations & GS-III – Science and Technology; Artificial Intelligence

In News:

  • BRICS 5G innovation base has been proposed by China.
  • Objective: To take forward 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI) cooperation BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Key takeaways 

  • Due to ongoing tensions between India and China, India is reluctant to join the programme while other countries are willing to allow China’s participation in their 5G networks.
    • India has made clear that a return to normalcy cannot be possible while tensions along the Line of Actual Control remain unresolved.
    • India has also recently joined the ‘Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)’ as a founding member.
  • Russia has agreed to work with China on 5G.
  • In South Africa, Huawei is providing services to provide 5G networks.
  • Brazil has allowed participation of Huawei in 5G trials.

Important value additions 


  • BRICS is an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • All are members of G20.
  • Represent over 3.1 billion people, 41% of the world population.
  • As of 2018, BRICS have US $40.55 trillion (32% of World’s GDP PPP). 
  • Bilateral relations among BRICS nations are conducted on the basis of non-interference, equality, and mutual benefit.
  • There are two components that make up the financial architecture of BRICS:
    • New Development Bank (NDB) (BRICS Development Bank) 
    • Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA).

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