Europe sets sights on taking the lead with 5G development

The European Commission’s Thibaut Kleiner believes that Europe can lead the charge into a 5G world, he informed attendees at the 5G@Europe summit.

Today’s summit in Munich was attended by a number of top tech firms and European policy makers, all keen to discuss the progression from our current 4G standard to the next-generation of wireless tech, namely 5G.

Kleiner stressed the need for a collaborative global approach in developing the 5G standard, Mobile World Live reported.

He said: “We need to make sure that the 5G PPP association, which is leading the [Public Private Partnership] effort, remains as open as possible. And let me emphasise this: The Commission will only support an open infrastructure that integrates new stakeholders. We need that for the success of 5G.”

5G PPP (Public Private Partnership) was formed by the European Commission late last year with the aim of building the foundations for next-gen comms, with a budget of €700 million (£580 million) – and private (industry) partners are expected to match that funding.

Kleiner said that he envisioned Europe and the big network industry players leading the 5G agenda globally, but noted that worldwide collaboration was obviously a necessity. He said: “We need to have international cooperation if we want 5G successful, and this means including the Asian partners, but also America.”

At this stage, 5G is still a very nebulous concept in its early gestation – it won’t come into play until the next decade (2020 and onwards). Obviously enough it promises faster speeds over 4G, but it’s equally concerned with flexibility as we move into the true era of the Internet of Things – ensuring better power efficiency, improved reliability, and lower operating costs. These are crucial considerations in terms of the wireless sensors and industrial machines which will be increasingly used in the future.

Kleiner said of 5G: “It’s about a new revolution in what networks can do. It’s about machine-to-machine, the Internet of Things, and we are talking here about a whole new range of possibilities about telecoms networks.”