The 5G PPP – launched by the European Commission in 2013 - brought together experts from the telecoms and IT field and from companies and organisations most likely to rely on 5G , including Volkswagen, Volvo, Peugeot, ERTICO, ABB, Bosch, European Broadcasting Union. Their know-how fed into a white paper which identifies potential uses of 5G for each sector, pinpoints specific technical cross-sector requirements.
Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society said "We are trying not only to develop a communication network to connect people, but rather one that will deliver the Internet of Things, connecting anything that can be connected and delivering innovation on top of connectivity. Making 5G a reality in Europe by 2020 will be essential for the success of key sectors like automotive, health and digital manufacturing. This is a chance to reinforce the competitiveness of European industry". Read the Commissioner's full speech and blog
The white paper presents a series of use cases that are considered most realistic today for a deployment in 2020. They should form the basis for a consolidated set of 5G requirements that will feed the standardisation process of 5G.
The Commission will refer to the concepts and technical parameters this vision paper when it takes part in crucial international negotiations on spectrum and standards for 5G. The aim is include closely involve all industrial sectors in these discussion and decisions so that Europe is among the first continents to deploy "true" 5G connectivity .
At Mobile World Congress, top-EU decision makers and officials will also have high-level talks on how digital can transform our economy and society. For example, Commissioner Oettinger will discuss the future needs for connectivity with leaders of the automotive business. Vice-President Ansip will discuss connectivity, electronic identity and other issues in a panel on mobile as the foundation for digital. More details of the European Commission agenda at Mobile World Congress
In December 2013, the Commission launched a Public-Private Partnership on 5G (press release - factsheet). The EU is investing €700 million by 2020 in this partnership under Horizon 2020. EU industry is set to match this investment by up to 5 times, to more than €3 billion euros.
The Commission has recently made an important step to pave the way for 5G in the EU. Earlier this month, the Commission presented a proposal to coordinate the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile services (press release). Mobile operators using the 700 MHz band will be able to offer higher-speed and higher-quality broadband (i.e. without service interruption) to consumers and cover wider areas, including rural and remote regions. It will enable Europe to move ahead and provide mobile broadband speeds beyond 100 Mb/s and catch up with leading regions in 4G mobile broadband take-up (like South Korea or the USA). As soon as specific 5G standards and associated technology and equipment are available by 2020, mobile operators will be in a good position to roll out 5G services. Further steps to coordinate spectrum in the EU and to incentivise private investments in 5G networks will be part of the forthcoming review of EU telecoms rules foreseen by the end of 2016.