Yeray Alfageme, Business Technology Manager at Olympic Channel
The new standard that promises to provide faster mobile broadband access will be 5G New Radio (NR). It is expected to be ten times faster than 4G. The European Union is participating in its development with a research project funded through Horizon 2020 and the 5G Public-Private Partnership, in cooperation with China, USA, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Korea. The first tests took place at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (Korea).
This standard provides a faster access rate capable of responding to the huge increase in mobile data traffic at an affordable cost. Spaces such as stadiums, trains or airplanes, where large numbers of people gather, will be able to offer Internet access without interruption.
The transforming potential of 5G
The technology of the new NR (New Radio) standard will also be an important step in the economy, as it has the potential to transform economic sectors. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organisation that develops standards for mobile communications, has approved the first specifications of this standard. The European Commission has encouraged this organisation to address strategic cases of forward-looking use of 5G in the next versions of the standard.
The European Union has very high expectations of the potential of 5G as a transformer of industries and a generator of growth opportunities and new jobs. The Commission believes that it will improve access to digital skills and change the way people work. Its benefits will result in safer mobility, cheaper energy and better health services.
The Commission hopes that the next versions of the standard will be ready this summer and will address new use cases. The 5G Public-Private Partnership already has €700 million, and the European Commission plans to mobilise a further €200 million from the Horizon 2020 programme for the next trial calls.
5G will mean a ten-time reduction of the cost per gigabyte compared to 4G.
5G at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games
There are high expectations for 5G as technology moves from experimentation to commercialisation, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also taken a leading role here, so it may well be the first 5G live streaming video application.
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