The fifth generation of communications infrastructures, or 5G, is the future network infrastructure supporting the digitisation of the economic and societal activities worldwide. The European Commission strongly supports a cooperation and seeks for a global consensus and cooperation on 5G.
The future of telecommunications and computing will see a world of fully interconnected users and devices, requiring more efficient technology to be able to overcome booming traffic and security issues. The key ICT drivers need to rely on common global definition of 5G, its service characteristics and standards. Only then can we ensure (optical and wireless) seamless communications, common ways to store and access information and computing power (cloud computing), sensing the world at large (Internet of Things) and ensuring the highest security and energy efficiency standards.
A global vision, standards and identification of spectrum for 5G are currently being discussed with international industrial partners under the leadership of international bodies like the 3GPP, the ITU and the Open Networking Foundation. The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) also plays an essential role in federating the European input into this process.
This process is also subject to international cooperation with a goal to facilitate a global consensus on future 5G standards and spectrum requirements. To that end the European Commission has established Joint Declarations on 5G with Brazil, China, Japan and South Korea so far. Cooperation agreements are also being discussed with India and the United States.
European Union - South Korea
A Joint Declaration on Strategic Cooperation in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and 5G, agreeing to deepen exchanges in the area of Net Futures (network and communications, 5G, cloud computing) was signed by the European Commission and the Ministry of Science, ICT and future Planning (MSIP) of the Republic of Korea in June 2014.Watch video of the spokesperson's statement on the 5G agreement with Korea.
The signing of this joint declaration reaffirmed the strengthening of the agreement of the November 2013 summit meeting, where both sides agreed on promoting R&D collaboration in the area of ICT.
This Declaration was instrumental to develop joint R&I cooperation actions in the areas of 5G, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT), which will be implemented through jointly funded R&D programs ('coordinated call') in 2016. The joint Declaration also paves the way towards structured exchanges on 5G policy matters, concerning the 5G Vision, global standards and required 5G spectrum, with the objective of supporting global agreements on these issues. Also, an industry Memorandum of Understanding was signed in June 2014 between the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and the 5G Forum of the South Korea, providing the necessary industrial support to these policy commitments.