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Next steps to develop the 5G network in Europe were agreed

06.11.2017
Meeting of EU Telecommunications Directors in Tallinn on 3 November 2017. At the forefront, Tõnu Nirk, Head of the Telecommunications Department of the MEAC (left) and PRE Advisor on Digitisation at the EU Luukas Ilves (right).
Meeting of EU Telecommunications Directors in Tallinn on 3 November 2017. At the forefront, Tõnu Nirk, Head of the Telecommunications Department of the MEAC (left) and PRE Advisor on Digitisation at the EU Luukas Ilves (right).

Today, Telecommunications Directors from 25 Member States gathered in Tallinn to agree on a more detailed timetable and steps for developing the 5G network in the European Union. The 5G network will allow both people and devices to communicate with more data and faster in the near future.

"In order to be able to deploy the pan-European 5G as soon as possible, we first have to agree on a common timeline for the allocation of the new spectrum. At today's meeting, we had a lively debate on the 5G Action Plan, and the Member States had a very positive attitude about reaching this agreement. The 5G Action Plan approved by the Telecommunications Directors will advance to the Council of Telecom Ministers of the European Union, taking place in December this year. We hope to be able to add the 5G Action Plan to the successes of the Estonian Presidency," said Tõnu Nirk, Head of the Telecommunications Department at the Ministry of the Economic Affairs and Communications.

In July, the EU Telecom Ministers signed the 5G Declaration in Tallinn confirming the willingness of the Member States to promote Europe as the leading 5G market. The Telecom Ministers Council held in Luxembourg on 24 October gave the Communications Directors the task of agreeing on more detailed steps to share the 5G frequencies by 2025.

In addition, Estonia as the President of the Council of the European Union gave a review to the Telecommunications Directors on the state of play of the Telecommunications Code in the Council. The meeting also hosted a discussion on how to accelerate gigabit information society goals and increase investments in next-generation communications networks.

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