The agreement is a milestone in the global race to develop 5G mobile technologies. Neelie Kroes and Mr Mun-Kee Choi, South Korea's Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) have agreed to work towards a global definition of 5G and to cooperate in 5G research, as well as the need for harmonized radio spectrum to ensure global interoperability.

Infographic showing different areas of application of 5G (connected house, ehealth, entertainment, smart car, smart grid)

The European Commission and South Korea signed a Joint Declaration on Strategic Cooperation in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and 5G, agreeing to deepen discussions in the area of Net Futures (network and communications, 5G, cloud computing), an element of on-going relations on ICT topics.