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EU sets baseline for 5G

EU sets baseline for 5G

EU members have signed a new declaration to combine collective resources for 5G mobile networks across the EU.

The declaration establishes a common baseline for 5G standards and takes Europe a step closer to being a global leader in future mobile networking technology.

27 remaining EU member states signed the declaration, as well as Norway.

According to Urve Palo, Estonian minister for entrepreneurship and IT, “5G will allow faster internet connections across Europe and make it possible to develop new technologies.

“Everybody will be using 5G networks to communicate in the future, and I am very glad that we managed to sign the declaration”.

The EU has previously set out a number of ambitions around 5G; it released a report earlier this year saying that having a highly focused approach to 5G would be essential.

The report identified a number of industries that will be well-placed to take advantage of 5G in various ways, including autonomous vehicles, healthcare and manufacturing.

However, there are some who believe that whatever 5G ambitions are set out at the government level, Europe will inevitably lag somewhat behind advanced technology giants such as Japan and South Korea.

The UK also signed the declaration, despite the uncertainty of Brexit and previously setting out its own ambitions and strategy around 5G.

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