Commission announces €50 million investment in 5G research

5G - Neelie Kroes, the EU Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda has announced €50 million investment in research grants to help deliver 5G mobile technology by 2020 and put Europe back in the lead of the global mobile industry.

It's anticipated that by 2020 worldwide mobile traffic alone will reach a 33 times increase compared to 2010 figures. In this time Internet access will become dominated by wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, machines and sensors, requiring more efficient and ubiquitous technology to carry the data traffic.

Announcing the funding into 5G research Commissioner Kroes said

"I want 5G be pioneered by European industry, based on European research and creating jobs in Europe – and we will put our money where our mouth is,"

Every sector of the economy is going digital. Every EU business and citizen needs to know they can enjoy easy-to-use, reliable and fast Internet on the move. This new wave of research projects promises to bring cutting-edge ultra-high-speed mobile broadband technology to the daily lives of Europeans.

5G architecture and functionality

5g, mobileThe European Union is already funding new research project that address the architecture and functionality needs for 5G / beyond 4G networks. These include METIS5GNOWiJOINTROPICMobile Cloud NetworkingCOMBOMOTO and PHYLAWS are some of the new EU research projects that address the

EU industry stakeholders joining forces with academia and research institutes involved in these projects span from worldwide leading telecom operators (British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Portugal Telecom), to the world's major telecom manufacturers (Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Thales Communications), world's leading provider of business software (SAP) and also world-renowned automotive manufacturers (BMW).

EU long-term research support has been instrumental to share risks with industry for communication networks, whose development cycle is ten years.