Harmonisation of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for real-time information exchange will improve road and urban rail transport safety

Today, the Commission adopted an Implementing Decision to harmonise across Member States the use of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for real-time information exchange about safety conditions in intelligent road and urban rail systems, such as tramways, metros and suburban lines – enabled by new technologies, including 5G. The new Decision will double the available spectrum for these transport systems and will increase spectrum efficiency, leading to safer road and urban rail transport for everybody, crew and passengers, on board. Member States should designate the 5.9 GHz band for safety applications in road and urban rail intelligent transport systems by 30 June 2021, and as soon as possible, make it available on a non-exclusive basis. The new Implementing Decision is key to meeting the EU goals set in the EU road safety policy framework 2021-2030, including a 50% reduction target for casualties and, for the first time, for serious injuries. Connected and automated transport is among the new, revolutionary services that 5G connectivity will fully enable. The Commission recently published a Connectivity Recommendation to encourage and guide Member States in pursuing best practices for faster roll-out of 5G networks. More information is available here.