The development of 5G is gaining momentum and with it there’s a growing number of regional 5G events being held. But to have a greater impact five leading 5G associations have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on a series of ‘Global 5G Events’ instead.
Two of these events will be held each year, hosted on a rotating basis between the signing associations during each half of the year. They’ll also each be held on a different continent, between the Americas, Asia and Europe.
The associations involved in the agreement includes 4G Americas (Americas), The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (non-profit organization, China) and The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) (Europe).
The events will be designed to help promote 5G globally and to support multilateral collaboration and consensus on 5G systems across continents and countries.
Areas of interest at the events will include but not be limited to the vision and requirements of 5G networks and systems, basic system concepts, spectrum bands to support the global regulatory process, the future 5G global standards and the promotion of 5G ecosystem growth.
Hyung Hee Lee, Chair of 5G Forum, stated “Global harmonization and unified understanding of 5G across different countries and industries are indispensable for successful commercialization of 5G. This multilateral cooperation on global 5G events will surely add extra momentum on the on-going 5G R&D activities and further accelerate the formation of 5G ecosystem.”
The first of these ‘Global 5G Events’ will be held in Asia in the first half of 2016, under the responsibility of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, while the second will be held in the second half of 2016 in Europe and organised by The 5G Infrastructure Association.