The Government of Canada is working with international partners to ensure that keeping telecommunications networks secure, resilient and innovation-focused is a global priority.

"Canadians rely on telecommunications services every day. The Global Coalition on Telecommunications provides an opportunity to advance important work with our allies toward more secure and reliable telecom networks. We look forward to deepening our collaboration with our allies on these crucial issues to provide Canadians with secure and reliable telecommunications services,” commented the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

Canada has joined the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Japan in launching the Global Coalition on Telecommunications (GCOT). This initiative seeks to build a coalition of countries and stakeholders to foster diverse supply chains, secure and interoperable standards, and innovation in the telecommunications sector.

The GCOT sets out to explore opportunities for closer collaboration and coordination in areas including but not limited to information sharing; research and development; alignment of funding priorities; vision setting and standards development; and international outreach and collaboration.

“The critical telecommunications issues of today are global in scope,” said Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator. “This groundbreaking coalition will help the U.S. and our partners respond decisively to cross-border opportunities and challenges. By working ever more closely together, the Coalition members will advance secure, diverse, resilient, and innovative telecommunications networks around the world.”

Michelle Donelan, UK’s Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology added, “This historic partnership reflects our shared commitment to harnessing the power of telecommunications for the benefit of our nations and the world at large.”