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EU Telecom ministers reached an agreement on the 5G roadmap

Minister Palo signing the 5G roadmap.
Minister Palo signing the 5G roadmap.

European telecommunications ministers agreed on a joint roadmap for the development of 5G networks. The roadmap constitutes a common understanding on the harmonisation of 5G spectrum bands and their allocation to telecommunications operators. 5G networks will allow both people and devices to communicate with more data and less time in the future.

"At the beginning of the Estonian presidency, in July, we signed a 5G declaration together with all European telecommunications ministers. This allowed us to lay the foundation for the development of the 5G networks and the creation of investment security for companies in Europe. Today we passed the next important stage. In order to fulfil our goals at both national and European levels, we agreed on a detailed action plan," said Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.

"The 5G roadmap lays out major activities and their time frame. With the roadmap we agreed on plans for harmonising the technical use and purpose of 5G spectrum and their allocation to telecommunications operators. It is no secret that Digital Europe is a priority for the Estonian presidency. However, a digital society cannot be created without 5G networks," commented minister Palo. "By the year 2025, we want to see the presence of 5G connectivity in large cities and along major transport routes of every European country. 5G networks are needed both for citizens and the devices that need reliable and high-speed Internet access to cope with increasingly large quantities of data," commented Palo.

The 5th Generation Network Grid, or 5G, is the technology we need in the near future and one that supports global digitalisation. 5G is essential to ensuring communication in the future, with billions of devices online needing to be connected at all times and regardless of location. 5G technology is able to provide users with more data volumes and guaranteed quality connections.

Additionally, Minister Palo briefed her colleagues on progress made on the European Electronic Communications Code. She encouraged her colleagues to contribute swiftly develop a Council position on two proposals made by the European Parliament concerning intra-EU calls and developing national reverse-112 systems: „I ask all of you to give serious thought to these proposals. They both address serious concerns for our citizens“. The next trilogue is scheduled for Wednesday of this week, and will focus primarily on provisions of the Code related to Spectrum and 5G.

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