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Mobile World Congress 2015: EU unveils its vision for 5G

Escrito por Redacción TNI el 10/03/2015 a las 19:28:05

The EU Commissioner together with companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, Thales Alenia Space and other partners in the 5G Public-Private Partnership have presented today Europe's vision of the 5G technologies and infrastructure which, by 2020, will cope with the massive growth in the use of communication and wireless technologies by humans and machines.


It is the result of 18 months of discussion within the 5G PPP, an initiative bringing together the European Commission and industry, to usher in a new era in mobile network development. The EU vision will feed into a global debate which aims to agree by the end of 2015 on the scope of 5G, its main technological constituents, and the timetable for putting it in place. 5G technologies and standards will respond to the 30-fold increase in internet and data traffic by 2020. (see What 5G can do for you).


"Europe has the industrial base, the know-how and excellent research teams to deliver the future 5G digital infrastructure. I am determined to favour one single global standard for 5G. This will enhance economies of scale and scope, and deliver the digital society and economy of tomorrow" has said  Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner


Europe's 5G vision in more detail:


  • Key drivers: 5G should not only be an evolution of mobile broadband networks. It should allow completely new network and service capabilities. For example, it might keep users continuously connected in challenging situations like train journeys, very dense or sparsely populated areas. This is possible thanks to larger capacities. And it would really boost the Internet of Things , connecting a massive number of sensors.
  • Design principles. 5G infrastructure should be flexible and rapidly adapt to a broad range of requirements. It should be designed to be a sustainable and scalable technology.
  • Key technological components: 5G networks should encompass optical, cellular and satellite solutions. It will heavily rely on emerging technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Fog Computing (FC).
  • Spectrum considerations: 5G access networks will require hundreds of MHz up to several GHz to be provided at a very high overall system capacity. Higher carrier frequencies above 6 GHz need to be considered. Maintaining a stable and predictable regulatory and spectrum management environment is critical for long term investments.
  • Timeline: Many European operators predict 5G commercial availability in 2020-2025.