5G

The EU and Brazil have signed an agreement to develop 5G networks, while the European Commission devises a plan to deploy 5G technology in the EU by 2020.According to the commission’s website, there will be 26 billion connected devices in 2020.

It also states that fifth generation technology will be the backbone of the EU Digital Single Market, industries of the future, modern public services and innovative applications such as connected cars, smart homes or mobile health services.

In order to develop these advanced networks, the EU has partnered with Brazil to strengthen cooperation in this area and ensure that 5G does not develop in silos at international level.

The agreement builds on cooperation between the two nations, which have been close trading partners and cooperated on information and communication technologies since 2008.

The deal was signed between the European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger and Brazilian Minister of Communications André Figueiredo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Similar key cooperation initiatives have also been initiated with South Korea, Japan and China.

Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the EC’s Digital Single Market said: "I congratulate colleagues for this important new step in pushing for 5G at global level.

"This is about essential technology to ensure connectivity. But it is also about building trust and confidence in online services and creating the right conditions for the technology to be deployed across borders. Spectrum coordination is essential to make 5G happen."

Joint cooperation

At the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona this week, Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of the Digital Economy and Society called upon the logistics, transport, energy, health and digital manufacturing sectors to work together with the European Commission on a action plan.

[quote] The EC says that it is important for these sectors to come to a consensus on the measures, timetable and investment incentives needed to rollout essential  infrastructure in the EU.

It adds that the aim is to build on EU investments already planned in 5G research and innovation - €700 million by 2020. The EC plans to have European companies begin offering products and services in 2020.

Oettingersaid: "After landmark agreements with China, Japan and South Korea, today's cooperation initiative with Brazil is a new key step towards 5G. Neither Europe, nor Brazil can afford to lag behind in the digital era.

"With today's agreement we have notably committed to cooperating on the take-up of 5G in so-called vertical industries such as transport or energy. International agreements are complementary to our efforts to deploy the technology in the EU and the work we are starting today to prepare a 5G action plan for the EU".