Landmark agreement signed on 5G mobile technology

A ‘world-first’ agreement signed by the European Commission and South Korea
Neelie Kroes
Neelie Kroes


A joint declaration on strategic cooperation in information communications technology and 5G has been signed today in Seoul and was described as a ‘milestone in the global race to develop 5G mobile technologies'.

The agreement was signed by Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission for the digital agenda, and Mun-Kee CHOI, South Korea's minister of science, ICT and future planning (MSIP) and states that the two will to deepen discussions in the area of net futures (network and communications, 5G, cloud computing), an element of on-going relations on ICT topics; work towards a global definition of 5G; and cooperate in 5G research.

"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." Said Kroes.

They also agreed on the need for harmonised radio spectrum to ensure global interoperability; the preparation of global standards for 5G; and will both work towards a coordinated call for research project proposals, to be launched in 2016.

A statement from the European Commission said that an industry memorandum of understanding will be signed between the EU's 5G Infrastructure Association, whose members include Alcatel-Lucent, Atos, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Telefonica, and South Korea's 5G Forum. 

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