EU-Japan Co-operation on 5G steps up a gear with Joint Working Group on Standards & Spectrum

Earlier this month, the Japan Week with its series of workshops on EU-Japan co-operation showed the depth and breadth of collaboration in the development of the digital economy and society enabled by ICT with 5G, standardisation and spectrum high on the agenda.

EU-Japan co-operation on 5G

Coordinated by Aalto University on the EU side and the University of Tokyo on the Japan side, 5G!Pagoda aims to define a scalable and cost-efficient architecture that enables the creation and lifecycle management of optimal slices for different mobile services."In Aalto, we are focusing on the on-demand creation and lifecycle management of slices of virtual content delivery networks that can operate on different cloud infrastructures and supported with ICN mechanisms. We are also focusing on the End to End virtualisation of the mobile networks including the core and radio access networks, enabling the dynamic sharing of the same virtual RAN to multiple slices of virtual mobile core networks running in parallel", explains Professor Taleb from Aalto University, who coordinates 5G!Pagoda with Prof. Nakao from the University of Tokyo.

Critical role of standards in 5G

A key achievement in the development of 5G is the establishment of a Joint Working Group to cover non-research issues of the Joint Declaration, particularly standards and spectrum. 5G will critically rely on standards to ensure interoperability and security, privacy and data protection, highlighted in the EC's “ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market”, published in April 2016.

The Commission's 5G Action Plan targets EU-wide deployment of 5G networks beyond 2020 which will leverage the uptake of 5G standards. A top-priority is ensuring an industry-driven 5G standardisation process supporting innovative business models from the outset.

With regard to international co-operation and trade partnerships, the Communication states that:

global consensus and alignment of standard roadmaps will be fostered through co-operation with major trading partners. This will be complemented by a joint approach to facilitate the future use of globally available 5G frequency bands, including at new high-frequency ranges”.

Standardisation is a priority action for 5G-ENSURE, with emphasis given to addressing significant security and privacy issues in 5G and industry-led participation in relevant standards bodies, including the 3GPP and ETSI.

Sources: Europa blog, ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market (April 2016) and Professor Tarik Taleb, Aalto University.