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EC boosts 5G mobile technology research with extra €50m windfall

27 Feb 2013
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The European Commission (EC) has announced its intention to throw another €50m at 5G research projects to help the region become a digital pioneer.

The funding plans were announced by digital agenda chief Neelie Kroes as part of her commitment to improving the mobile broadband backbone of Europe.

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

The funding will be split among numerous projects that are looking at various aspects of future 5G technologies such as network architectures and functionality as well as future uses such as machine to machine communications.

One project that will receive €16m of fresh funding is called METIS. Its work is centred on a future mobile and wireless communications systems for use from 2020 and beyond. It's formed of a consortium of 29 members, led by network giant Ericsson.

METIS is hoping this work will develop technology that can allow 10 to 100 times more data to be transferred over mobile networks, and allow hundreds of everyday devices to be hooked online like fridges, cars and water controls.

Other firms are already involved in similar initiatives include the likes of BT, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia Siemens Networks as well as software firms like SAP and even car companies like BMW.

The UK government has already its own moves to develop 5G technology, giving a grant of £35m to a 5G Centre run by the University of Surrey in partnership with mobile firms such as Huawei, Samsung, and Telefonica.

Ofcom has also outlined plans to free up future spectrum for 5G use as the nation seeks to avoid any future delays on mobile use, after years of in-fighting and disagreement delayed 4G auctions for years.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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