This week at Mobile World Congress the European Union (EU) and Brazil signed an agreement to develop 5G, the next generation of communication networks.
This agreement follows similar cooperation initiatives with South Korea, Japan and China and EU officials said that agreements on 5G are also being discussed with India and the US.
The European Commission has also started work on an action plan to deploy the technology in the EU by 2020.
The EU said that by joining with other regions of the world such as Brazil it hopes to make sure that 5G does “not develop in silos at the international level”.
European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger and Brazilian Minister of Communications André Figueiredo today signed a joint declaration at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A big challenge for 5G roll-out is allocation of spectrum around the world, and this has not yet been done.
“Spectrum coordination is essential to make 5G happen,” said EC vice-president Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market.
Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of the Digital Economy and Society, said:
“After landmark agreements with China, Japan and South Korea, today’s cooperation initiative with Brazil is a new key step towards 5G. We have notably committed to cooperating on the take-up of 5G in so-called vertical industries such as transport or energy. International agreements are complementary to our efforts to deploy the technology in the EU and the work we are starting today to prepare a 5G action plan for the EU”.
The EU and Brazil will cooperate in identifying the most promising radio frequencies to meet the additional spectrum requirements for 5G, especially in the framework of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
There will also be work on promoting the deployment of 5G in fields like smart cities, agro-food, education, health, transport or energy as well as possibilities for joint research projects in this area.