White paper on vertical sectors published by the 5G Public Private Partnership

This is a guest blog post written by Werner Mohr, Chair of the 5G PPP

Why is this white paper important? What's new?

5G network infrastructure will be a key asset to make society and economy more efficient and to increase Europe’s global competitiveness as part of the Digital Single Market. The 5G PPP’s (Public Private Partnership) goal is to develop the basic concepts and technical solutions for 5G networks, influence global standardisation and 5G developments. And one of the milestones was the presentation of the white paper on vertical sectors at Mobile World Congress 2016.

The white paper on vertical sectors was published by the 5G Infrastructure Association (IA) together with the European Commission. 5G IA is the private counterpart in the 5G PPP Contractual Arrangement.

It presents innovative digital use cases from the most important vertical sectors in Europe, namely: Factories of The Future, Automotive, Health, Energy and Media & Entertainment, and how their requirements impact the 5G design.

In particular, the document provides for the first time an inclusive analysis of the requirements of vertical industries on data rate, mobility (speed), (low) latency, density, reliability, positioning accuracy and coverage. Such close cooperation with vertical sectors and technical information is key for the global development of 5G and enables competitive advantages for industry in Europe.

Vertical industries as well as the ICT industry will benefit from globally accepted standards and harmonised frequency spectrum. This will enable economy of scale for affordable cost and ensures roaming by interoperability. 5G PPP offers the platform to support this global development by consensus building on basic concepts and technical solutions in 5G PPP research projects and with international counterparts. In addition, it helps to prepare future standards and the development of consolidated views on policy issues in the context of the Digital Single Market.

What are the concrete benefits we should expect after the release of the white paper?

The innovative digital use cases provide direct benefits for European society and citizens: Manufacturing will again become more competitive in Europe in order to maintain and generate jobs. Cooperative and self-driving cars improve safety of citizens and public road and train infrastructure will be used more efficiently. Cost of healthcare can be reduced and access to newest treatments will be available for all citizens. The transformation of the energy system towards decentralised renewable energy generation helps to slow down climate change. 5G networks improve significantly user experience for media and entertainment e.g. by UHDTV video. Open standardised interfaces allow the involvement of new players in respective 5G value chains and enables new business models and new jobs.

What are the next important steps from the 5G PPP/5G IA side?

We will continue and extend the successful cooperation between the 5G PPP and vertical sectors in order to further improve the mutual understanding and to better understand the potential for new applications. The global standardisation process is starting now. In parallel, the preparation of ITU World radio communications Conference 2019 is already ongoing. First 5G trials in Europe are now being planned for 5G PPP Phase 2, where vertical sectors will be involved as early adopters. In Phase 3 this will be extended to bigger trials. Our intention is to position Europe at the forefront of the global 5G development.