EU-China joint 5G R&D and tests commence
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently announced that it has already begun research and testing on the possible effectual commercialization of 5G technology in 2020.
According to Cao Shumin, head of the MIIT-lead 5G R&D team, the research is aimed at preparing the country’s network carriers in the possible changes that 5G network blueprint might introduce. “The purpose of the research and test[s] is to support the formulation of global 5G standards and boost the development of the telecom industry,” Shumin told China Daily.
Shumin, in a separate report by Mobile World Live Asia, explained that the 5G utilization program has two stages. The first one will be technology R&D tests to be conducted from 2015 to 2018 and the second will be product R&D tests, starting in 2018 and ending in 2020.
The initial stage of research and tests is part of a partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government last September 2015. The agreement, signed by the EU commissioner for Digital Economy & Society (EU-DES) Günther Oettinger and China’s MIIT minister Miao Wei, will most likely make their respective regions the very first adopters of fifth-generation wireless networks in the near future.
Under its terms, both parties are expected to share their respective discoveries on 5G connectivity every step of the way, forming an accessible bridge that would make the two regions’ journey to obtaining the fastest network connection quicker than in any other location in the globe.
The two entities will facilitate the bilateral participation of enterprises in 5G research projects, both in China and in any EU-member countries. This will also be a key in promoting a global standardization for 5G.
The partnership has recently begun with the two bodies’ combined efforts in the identification of the most promising radio frequency bands, which is crucial in meeting the new spectrum requirements for the ultra-fast network connectivity.
Euro and China groups’ support
Both EU’s 5G PPP Association and China’s IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Association have already announced their support of the partnership, with their readiness to enter industrial agreements. The associations’ preparations regarding the partnership and the 5G standardization will serve as an efficient conduit in making 5G fully utilizable by 2020.
The agreement has also encouraged European network carriers to up their game by partnering with tech industry giants such as Huawei. The Chinese telcom is currently working with various European operators, companies, and universities to evaluate the potential commercial strength of 5G.
Estonia and Sweden are predicted to get ahead of the 5G adoption race through the recently inked partnership between European giant telco TeliaSonera and global mobile technology leader Ericsson. These two countries’ main business districts—Tallin and Stockholm—will get a taste of the high-speed network by 2018, two years ahead of other super-economies like the US, the UK, and current global Internet speeds leader Singapore.
Jumping from 4G to 5G
The gap between the current strongest network connectivity 4G to the ultra-fast 5G has opened new doors to other niches in the telco industry. For instance, the call drop problem in India—a result of the inadequacy of support from the local government and technology from network carriers—has become a perfect initial market for US-based network enhancer provider 5BARz International (OTCQB: BARZ).
The company has successfully convinced Vodafone that its radio frequency-based plug-and-play device could help them address the problem from a per-mobile/customer scale while they upgrade their network systems.
The jump to the new 5G network will also change everything about the world and how commerce is done. Improved Internet speeds will make every online transaction more efficient and faster. It will also serve as the cornerstone of the gadget-to-cloud connectivity’s future, which will open doors to the realization, and eventually commercialization, of IoT. Faster network connectivity will also allow the advancement of various still-under-development technologies such as driverless cars and 100 percent digital manufacturing factories.
Among the best aspects of the partnership is the commercial freedom for each entity. The agreement has granted them wider access to each other’s market, which is very expedient, as the EU region and China are among the largest mobile markets in the world.
This will also result in more EU-China commercial partnerships in the future.