EU and Japan Sign €12m 5G Co-Op

EU and Japan sign 5G co-op

The European Union and Japan have agreed to co-operate on 5G and will plough €12 million into 5G development projects over the next two years.

The deal, which was announced on Friday, details that the pair will collaborate on standards, identifying new harmonised radio band frequencies for spectrum and co-operate on 5G applications such as connected cars and e-health.

“our countries are ready to take leadership in building our digital future”

‘Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the road to a global definition of 5G, its service characteristics and standards’, said the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther H. Oettinger. ‘It shows that our countries are ready to take leadership in building our digital future’.

Inside5G reported on Oettinger’s collaborative stance on 5G technology back in March, when he called to ‘avoid a war on standards’. He indicated that co-operation would be very much global and therefore any deal with Japan does not rule out a relationship with the likes of China and the USA.

“5G will be the backbone of our digital economies and societies worldwide”

The agreement builds upon a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed in March, and forms part of a wider initiative with Japan, which also involves the two co-operating further on Research and Innovation. The Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas claimed that ‘the joint vision endorsed today will take our cooperation to the next level’.

Oettinger has consistently committed to a next-generation network and emphasised that ‘5G will be the backbone of our digital economies and societies worldwide’.

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