5G PPP sees 5G delivering a ‘truly networked’ society with Europe in the driving seat

5G PPP sees 5G delivering a ‘truly networked’ society with Europe in the driving seat

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Some progress has been reported in moving towards 5G, however, before anything can move towards standardization, issues such as spectrum, air interface and modulation need to be more concrete.

At the Mobile World Congress 2015, 5G PPP, the 5G Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and European industry and research community, launched its inaugural vision paper, which outlines how 5G will create a single digital economy, and put Europe back in the driving seat with a ubiquitous network that will connect people, things and services based on a plethora of innovation unseen before at such scale.

5G PPP believes that European society and economic performance will strongly rely on 5G infrastructure in the years beyond 2020. The research body sees 5G as more than an evolution of mobile broadband technology and considers 5G to be the enabler for a truly digital society with ubiquitous, ultra-high-speed communications infrastructure that will support all economic sectors as well as ever-growing consumer demand for new services.

5G is also an opportunity for the European ICT sector, which is already well positioned in the global R&D race and contributes about 5% to Europe’s GDP, to expand its leadership position globally.

5G PPP industry stakeholders launched their 5G Vision white paper, which defines the following:

  1. The 5G PPP vision for next generation communication networks and services;
  2. A comprehensive roadmap towards 5G deployment in 2020+;
  3. How 5G will enable and support new businesses and services;
  4. The key use case scenarios that 5G will need to support;
  5. Consensus among 5G PPP members on the role that a wide range of existing and future technologies will play in 5G as well as initial design principles for the system;
  6. Topics related to 5G spectrum that need further research.

European research projects have demonstrated 5G technological progress in areas such as new waveforms, cell densification, usage of spectrum above 6 GHz and spectrum optimization.

At a press conference at Mobile World Congress, Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, and the CTOs from Alcatel-Lucent, DoCoMo, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Samsung and Thales Alenia Space shared their perspectives on the goals, market expectations and further developments of 5G.

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