European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes today announced €50 million for research to deliver 5G mobile technology by 2020, with the aim to put Europe back in the lead of the global mobile industry.
"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 will 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 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.
EU industrial players joining forces with academia and research institutes involved in these projects span from worldwide telecom operators (British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Portugal Telecom), to the world's major telecom manufacturers (Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Thales Communications), leading provider of business software (SAP) and also world-renowned automotive manufacturers (BMW).
In particular, the METIS project gains a €16 million fresh EU investment.
Overall, from 2007 to 2013 EU investments amount to more than €700 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; 10 times to 100 times higher number of connected devices; 10 times to 100 times higher typical user data rate; 10 times longer battery life; and 5 times reduced End-to-End latency.