Europe and South Korea Partner Up to Develop 5G

European Union has signed an agreement with the South Korea team in the development of 5G wireless network technologies to speed up the 5G standardization effort. Under this strategic cooperation deal, both team will work together on the cloud and the internet-of-things research. The 5G network standard will be helpful to provide faster network speed which can download a “1 hour HD movie” in just 6 seconds.

Also, Europe and South Korea are expected to launch jointly funded research projects in 2016 or 2017. The other players are also included in this space like China’s Huawei, Japan’s NTT Docomo, the U.S.’s Intel, and a thousand marketing professionals who are also interested in the incremental value of the “5G” brand.

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GigaOm says: According to digital commissioner Neelie Kroes: “5G will become the new lifeblood of the digital economy and digital society once it is established. Both Europe and Korea recognise this. This is the first time ever that public authorities have joined together in this way, with the support of private industry, to push forward the process of standardisation. Today’s declaration signals our commitment to being global digital leaders.”

Tech Times says: Both parties will also move towards a coordinated call for proposals of research projects on the topic, which the partnership is looking to launch in 2016.

The European Union’s 5G Infrastructure Association, which has a member line-up that includes Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Atos, Telenor, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica, and South Korea’s 5G Forum will also be signing an industry memorandum of understanding.

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The European Commission started a Public-Private Partnership on 5G in December of last year, which has the European Union making an investment of €700 million spread out over the next seven years. Companies within the telecommunications industry will match that investment amount by up to 500 percent to over €3 billion.

South Korea, on the other hand, is making investments and is in coordination with research efforts through the 5G Forum, along with other 5G initiatives in Japan, China, Taiwan and the United States.

According to Kroes in a speech last February, the European Union is looking to offer 5G services to its citizens by the end of 2015.

EE, the leading telecommunications provider in the U.K., said that it is aiming to launch a 5G network in the country by 2022. 

Japan has already started testing 5G networks with speeds of up to 10Gbps, while Samsung is at the forefront of 5G testing in South Korea.

GSM Arena says: The idea of 5G is even bigger than pure speed and bandwidth. It is supposed to help make smart cities, similar to South Korea’s Songdo, to allow buildings, vehicles and infrastructure to communicate and interact.

If you’re stuck behind a truck in poor weather conditions, your 5G-enabeld car will be able to stream video from the trucks cameras in front, so you can see better what’s ahead. Connected homes will see devices talking to each other – say your smoke detector checking with the thermostat and calling the fire brigade if something goes wrong. Read the What 5G can do for you memo for more examples of future uses.

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