EU and Japan step up cooperation on 5G mobile technology and strengthen research and innovation collaboration
EU News 149/2015
Brussels, 29 May 2015
With the new 5G agreement, the EU will join forces with Japan to cope with the increasing need for wireless Internet and complement current efforts to create a Digital Single Market in Europe.
The agreement will allow EU and Japan to work towards a common understanding and standards of 5G, identify new harmonised radio band frequencies for 5G spectrum and cooperate on future 5G applications in areas like connected cars or e-health. Together, the partners will also invest €12 million during the next two years in 5G-related projects to help develop the Internet of Things, Cloud or Big Data platforms.
In parallel, the EU and Japan have also agreed to deepen their cooperation on Research and Innovation (R&I), based on a joint vision endorsed today.
The agreement will build on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaborations in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics. The partners will also set up a joint funding mechanism that will make it easier to finance common R&I projects and collaborate more closely on policy aspects, like Open Science. In addition, an agreement to stimulate scientific exchanges has also been signed between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the European Research Council (ERC).
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Tokyo Ceremony. Photo by LW, EU, 2015 URL