New White Paper on 5G

22 February 2016

At the Mobile World Congress 2016, the European Commission and the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5GPPP) have launched the White paper on 5G.

The paper focuses on manufacturing, health, energy, automotive, media and entertainment sectors which could use 5G to digitise their business models. It is a basis for a consolidated set of 5G requirements that will feed the standardisation process of 5G.

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, claimed 5G is a chance to reinforce the competitiveness of industry in Europe by 2020.

The proposal on the use of the"700 MHz" band is part of a plan to pave the way for 5G in the EU. Further steps to coordinate spectrum in the EU and to incentivise private investments in 5G networks will be part of the forthcoming review of EU telecoms rules foreseen by the end of 2016.