An eye on the future: the European 5G Observatory

The new 5G Observatory, which will track the development of 5G networks in Europe, is now up and running.

(Source: Digital Single Market, Digibyte28, September 2018,

The European Commission’s online platform of the 5G Observatory and the Observatory’s first quarterly report were presented yesterday at the 5G Techritory forum in Riga, Latvia. 5G is the next generation of telecommunications systems, which will provide ultra-high bandwidth to users and connected objects like household appliances, sensors, cars and more (the Internet of Things).

5G innovation is already happening in Europe. More than 114 pre-commercial trials and pilots of 5G-supported products and services are underway, and 20 trial cities have been designated, and three EU countries have published national 5G roadmaps. Nevertheless, Europe needs to ensure that it stays up-to-date with developments in countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and the US, and has its voice heard when new global technical standards are devised.

The Commission’s 5G Observatory will support this by gathering and sharing information in the following areas:

  • main 5G market developments in the EU and internationally;
  • 5G pre-commercial trials and commercial 5G launches;
  • national strategies and roadmaps by EU countries;
  • spectrum assignments by public authorities.

5G Action Plan

The Observatory will help the Commission to implement its 5G Action Plan: an initiative to coordinate the deployment of 5G technologies across all EU countries, support the development of common technical standards, and promote 5G innovation. As part of the Action Plan, the Commission is working with EU countries to drive 5G deployment along a network of pan-European 5G corridors. As a first step, several experimental 5G cross-border corridors have been created that will make it possible to test Connected and Automated Mobility services.

Initial reporting

The first quarterly report of the Observatory will soon be available. It will highlights key trends in 5G development, noting that European progress has significantly accelerated since the end of 2017, and also assess the steps taken by Europe’s global competitors.

Further information

5G Observatory website
Towards 5G
5G Action Plan

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