EU and Brazil to work together on 5G mobile technology

The EU and Brazil have signed an agreement to develop 5G, the next generation of communication networks.

The Commission has also started work on an action plan to deploy the technology in the EU by 2020. By this time, it is forecast that there will be 26 billion connected devices and 70% of people will own a smartphone. 5G will be the backbone of the EU Digital Single Market, industries of the future, modern public services and innovative applications such as connected cars, smart homes or mobile health services.

To face this global challenge, the EU joins forces with Brazil to strengthen cooperation in this strategic area and to make sure that 5G does not develop in silos at the international level. The EU and Brazil, which are close trading partners, have been cooperating on information and communication technologies since 2008.

European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger and Brazilian Minister of Communications André Figueiredo signed the joint declaration following similar key cooperation initiatives with South Korea, Japan and China.

Vice-President Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market said: "This is about essential technology to ensure connectivity. But it is also about building trust and confidence in online services and creating the right conditions for the technology to be deployed across borders. Spectrum coordination is essential to make 5G happen."

Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of the Digital Economy and Society, said: "Neither Europe, nor Brazil can afford to lag behind in the digital era. With [this] agreement we have notably committed to cooperating on the take-up of 5G in so-called vertical industries such as transport or energy. International agreements are complementary to our efforts to deploy the technology in the EU and the work we are starting today to prepare a 5G action plan for the EU".

The EU and Brazil have committed to developing a global definition of 5G and to identifying the services which should be the first delivered by 5G networks. The two partners will also work to define common standards in order to have a stronger position on the global stage. They will cooperate in identifying the most promising radio frequencies to meet the additional spectrum requirements for 5G, especially in the framework of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In addition, they will promote the deployment of 5G in fields like smart cities, agro-food, education, health, transport or energy as well as possibilities for joint research projects in this area.

Cooperation agreements are also being discussed with India and the United States.

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