Europe to become lead market for 5G network
22 July, 2017
The EU’s competitiveness and telecommunications ministers agreed in Tallinn last Tuesday to work for a future 5G network. The declaration of intent, which was signed also by Norway, seeks to establish a common baseline on future 5G standards and confirm the willingness of Member States to position Europe as the lead market for 5G.
“The 5G will form the backbone of the EU digital single market industries of the future, modern public services and innovative applications such as connected cars, smart homes and mobile health services. And I am very glad that we managed to sign the declaration,” the Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo (pictured) said. “This indicates that all Member States are thinking about the future,” she added.
5G is a critical element for fostering connectivity and ensuring that consumers and businesses can benefit across all industry sectors in Europe, and at the same time it is essential for enhancing Europe's competitiveness. It will provide virtually ubiquitous and seamless connectivity not only to individual users, but also to connected objects.
The declaration, signed during the Estonian EU Presidency, outlines the steps that Member States will take to encourage the swift roll-out of 5G and related services across Europe.