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Europe and South Korea working together on 5G standards

by Mark Tyson on 16 June 2014, 12:15

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The Third Generation Partnership Project and the International Telecommunication Union will collaborate with EU and South Korean officials to create a harmonised 5G wireless network standard. This in turn will hopefully lead to a global standard and aid the cellular network interoperability with the cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) devices across the world.

1,000 times faster than 4G

The European Commission and the South Korean government today said that they will form a joint research and development group to work with the communications standards bodies. Oh Sang-jin, director of the ICT policy division at the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, told the IDG News Service that "We would need to make a globally agreed definition and standards of 5G networks in the future, but for now we define it as a high speed mobile network that’s nearly 1,000 times faster than 4G, and it can be connected to a greater variety of devices as well as being more energy efficient."

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda signed the agreement earlier today hope the partnership would "speed up and win (the) global race to create 5G". The research projects are supposed to take place in 2016 and 2017.

Upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy S11 for 5G connectivity?

While we in Europe are expected to start our 5G rollout by 2020, things march on rather faster in South Korea with 5G technology expected to emerge in 2018. This will coincide with the Winter Olympics being held in S. Korea, it is hoped. However the service will not be widely available until 2020. Then you'll have to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy SX to an S11 or your LG G-Series to a G9, possibly, to make use of the cutting edge speeds on offer.

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They get my full support for this kind of initiative - now if they can persuade the US to accept it too then everyone will be happy. No need for separate “Asian”, “International” and “US” models.

I suspect though, that the major US carriers will veto anything that looks like a standard from elsewhere. :wallbash:

I know Korea's mentioned - any idea if the Japanese are also looking to “buy in” to this prospective 5G standard? (All this, and we only got the first 4G phone in the house last week!).
Sounds awesome …still waiting for 3G around me :/
Japan have been trialling 5g for a while IIRC… I guess they have their own standard….
Japan have been trialling 5g for a while IIRC… I guess they have their own standard….
Quite a few countries have been experimenting with 5G; testing != standardised. 5G is still very much in the experimental/research stage, although a few places seem to confuse LTE-A for 5G. There are no formal standards for 5G yet, and the ‘trials’ are still pretty much limited to establishing a functional link between some eye watering expensive kit in indoor lab environments.

There's still some way to go between this, figuring out what sort of radio technology to use, how to implement it effectively in cheap, mass-producable hardware, moving to real-world testing, changing stuff around a bit more, and so on before they can realistically standardise anything.
shaithis: It is a very recent development and only at “indoor experimental trial” level. I don't think that they plan to create a standard just for their own use and it looks like are looking to roll out at around 2020 too. South Korea has a much higher market penetration of 4G as far as I know, so they are probably the ones in the best position to move things forward.