Among the issues which Europe and Korea are to try to figure out are:
What is 5G?
How do we get international harmonisation of spectrum for 5G?
What standards should be established for 5G?
The practical issues are to be hammered out by the EU’s 5G Infrastructure Association and South Korea’s 5G Forum.
The European association has Alcatel-Lucent, Atos, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Telefonica for members.
“This is the first time ever that public authorities have joined together in this way, with the support of private industry, to push forward the process of standardisation,” says Kroes.
Jointly funded R&D programmes are planned to start in 2016.
Horizon 2020, the €6.2 billion EU R&D programme, has earmarked €700 million for 5G development.
Companies are expected to put up a further €3.5 billion for developing 5G.