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European Union, China sign landmark 5G telecommunications deal

The European Union has announced an
agreement with China for fifth generation (5G) telecommunication system, a “milestone”
deal that will, among other things, explore possibilities in areas such as the
Internet of Things or IoT.

 

“Both parties are committed to
reciprocity and openness in terms of access to 5G networks research funding,
market access as well as in membership of Chinese and EU 5G associations,”
an official statement said.

 

The European Union has announced an
agreement with China for fifth generation (5G) telecommunication system, a “milestone”
deal that will, among other things, explore possibilities in areas such as the
Internet of Things or IoT.

 

“Both parties are committed to
reciprocity and openness in terms of access to 5G networks research funding,
market access as well as in membership of Chinese and EU 5G associations,”
an official statement said.

 

It’s a crucial step in making 5G a
success, said Gunther Oettinger, EU commissioner for the digital economy and
society. “With the signature with China, the EU has now teamed up with the
most important Asian partners in a global race to make 5G a reality by 2020,”
Oettinger said.

 

The EU and China will seek to reach a
global understanding by the end of 2015 on the concept, basic functionalities,
key technologies and time plan for 5G, according to the deal.

 

Under the deal, they also decided to
cooperate on joint research actions and to promote bilateral participation of
enterprises in 5G research projects. Meanwhile, they will work to facilitate
the identification of the most promising radio frequency bands to meet the new
spectrum requirements for 5G.

 

Besides, the possibilities will be jointly
explored on services and applications for 5G, especially in the area of the
Internet of Things, which connects traditional devices, including home
appliances to the internet.

 

The EU stressed that the agreement is
“very timely”, as the 5G standardisation race will start in 2016
together with discussions on spectrum requirements for 5G, which should
culminate during the World Radio Conference in 2019.

 

The EU’s executive body, the European
Commission, is investing nearly Rs 5,156 crore through the Horizon 2020
Programme to support 5G research and innovation.

 

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