EU adds China to list of 5G partnerships
Although there is a regional competition to commercialising 5G development, those involved also know that there is little point in developing requirements in a unilateral way on a continental basis.
For example, with official spectrum band allocation in mmWave bands unlikely to materialise until WRC-19 at the earliest, if industry takes a decision now to develop around certain bands, then that could benefit all. Similarly a common approach to specific vertical industries – an easy example would be automotive – would prevent fragmentation of development which could confuse or put off the automotive industry.
There are also several operators and vendors that act globally and have representation on a number of regional bodies – for instance Huawei and NTTDoCoMo both appear in European and Asian development forums and alliances.
5G-PPP projects come together under one roof
Meanwhile, a workshop being held in Stockholm is bringing together 10 of the 11 EU 5G PPP projects to “to enable collaboration among the ongoing projects to create a unified European view, and to ensure a successful start of standardisation of 5G system in the next years.”
The workshop, which is being hosted by one of the 5G-PPP projects – METIS II, is a two day event which gives the chance for researchers working on different aspects of 5G technology to get together and share notes.
The ten projects in the meeting are 5G-NORMA, 5G-XHAUL, COHERENT, Euro 5G, Fantastic 5G, Flex5Gware, METIS II, mmMAGIC, SELFNET, SPEED-5G, and XHAUL.