The key technology building blocks are there, the first 5G standard has been adopted and proof of concept has started. But standardisation work needs to continue based on the latest R&D results. The second phase of the public private partnership on 5G (5G PPP) will be important to master 5G technologies and look into their applications with relevant users like vertical industries.

5G technologies and network infrastructures are a great opportunity for Europe. It will impact several industrial sectors and has the potential to transform the way we live, work and communicate.

Let us keep in mind the European 5G targets set in the 5G Action Plan: commercial launch in at least one city per Member State by 2020 and comprehensive roll-out in all cities as well as along major transport paths by 2025. We have also set a wider ambition to have mobile connectivity wherever people live, work, gather, or travel.

These targets will be an important basis for sustainable growth and jobs in Europe, for the digital society, as well as the digital transformation of our economy. The targets are only attainable through partnerships - between public authorities and market players and between digital and vertical industries. Europe has vast opportunities as it has strong industry and service sectors.

Such partnerships will be the centre of Phase II and Phase III of the 5G PPP (see the 2018 release of the European 5G Annual Journal). We will soon see major 5G validation platforms up and running with all 5G players on board. These platforms will be used for trials and pilots of 5G with verticals.

One promising example is that a number of 5G corridors have been agreed among Member States in the last few months for testing of Connected and Automated Mobility. The first 5G PPP projects running on these corridors will be launched this year.

The 5G PPP trial roadmap and the vertical engagement strategy will be key to facilitate ambitious partnerships driving deployment and swift market introduction.

We need to watch the progress closely in an international context. That is why we have set up the European 5G Observatory for monitoring and reporting major market developments and preparatory actions by the private sector and public authorities.

We wish all of us as participants of the 5G PPP the best in our projects and activities. Our contribution will be key to make 5G a success for Europe.