Europe Contributes EUR50 Million to 5G Development

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European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes has announced a EUR50 million funding programme for research to deliver 5G mobile technology by 2020.

"I want 5G be pioneered by European industry, based on European research and creating jobs in Europe - and we will put our money where our mouth is," Kroes said.

By 2020 worldwide mobile traffic alone is expected to reach a 33 times increase compared to 2010 figures. In this time Internet access will become dominated by wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, machines and sensors, requiring more efficient and ubiquitous technology to carry the data traffic.

METIS, 5GNOW, iJOIN, TROPIC, Mobile Cloud Networking, COMBO, MOTO and PHYLAWS are some of the new EU research projects that address the architecture and functionality needs for 5G / beyond 4G networks.

In particular, the METIS project gains a EUR16 million fresh EU investment.

Overall, from 2007 to 2013 EU investments amount to more than EUR700 million for research on future networks, half of which is allocated to wireless technologies, contributing to development of 4G and beyond 4G

For example, the METIS overall technical goal is to provide a system concept that supports:

  • 1000 times higher mobile data volume per area: network operators will serve many more users at the same time.
  • 10 times to 100 times higher number of connected devices: new smart technologies will be invented when you connect your car, your fridge, your home energy and water controls.
  • 10 times to 100 times higher typical user data rate: you will watch rich video content on the move.
  • 10 times longer battery life for low power Machine-to-Machine-Communications: you will have more autonomy on the move and lower energy consumption.
  • 5 times reduced End-to-End latency: you will enjoy smoother interaction with bandwidth-hungry applications and less waiting time.

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