EUROPE: 5G is fast becoming one of the key talking points which are from its barrio dominating the telco space and was one of the major themes to materialize out of this year’s MWC. Granting that 5G dominated numerous discussions at MWC, there is indeed still much vagueness over what 5G in point of fact is.
Many propose that 5G is just a buzzword, nevertheless the level of debate around 5G at MWC signposts that it is no longer just a marketing ploy but is now moving towards becoming something much more substantial with a growing number of associations and research institutions cleaving the way from LTE to that of 5G.
Europe is already playing a dynamic role in driving research into these forthcoming networks. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a new-fangled 5G research partnership between the UK and Germany, furthermore hailing the technology as what may be called as the new industrial revolution.
In addition to declaring this new 5G espousal, which will see alliance between Germany’s Dresden University and Britain’s King’s College University in London, and the University of Surrey, the UK Prime Minister also spoke of the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and committed £45 million to delve into this increasingly imperative phenomenon.
In December 2013, the European Commission pronounced that it anticipates to spend €700 million on 5G research within the succeeding seven years, and as chunk of this, it has launched a fresh association, the 5GPPP, with the aim of developing the necessary technology and infrastructure meant for 5G.