Commissioner Oettinger discusses industry recommendations on 5G

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger will discuss this afternoon the “5G Manifesto for timely deployment of 5G in Europe” with industry representatives. This Manifesto has been developed by key players in telecoms and in sectors which will use 5G technologies and services in the future – such as automotive, health, energy, media and manufacturing (see names of signatories and endorsers in the Manifesto to be published at 14:00 CET). It responds to Commissioner Oettinger‘s call at the Mobile World Congress in February (see hisblog postpublished during the event). The 5G Manifesto outlines the main opportunities and challenges linked to the deployment of 5G infrastructure in Europe. In particular, it provides recommendations for a common vision and a calendar for deployment in Europe, investments, standards and the synchronised introduction of services. It underlines the need for the coordination of radio frequencies and improved regulatory conditions to support innovation. Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Oettinger said: “I very much welcome the 5G Manifesto and discussions today with the high-level industry group. These will help us focus on the key levers to ensure European digital leadership in 5G. I will come forward with a 5G Action Plan in the autumn.” (A blog post will be available later this afternoon). The Commission will consider ideas and recommendations from the 5G Manifesto, as well as other contributions – in particular from the consultation open until 11 July – when drawing up its 5G Action Plan. This Plan will be presented in the autumn, together with the review of the EU telecoms regulatory framework. More information.