decision-europea-5G

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The European society and its forms of communication continue to move forward at high speed. This is why the European Commission has adopted Decision 2019/784 on harmonization of technical standards for the deployment of 5G networks.

This Decision, based on the principle of technological neutrality, is part of the Commission’s strategy to create a Digital Single Market. Focusing on electronic communications, the Decision sets out the technical conditions for the development of 5G technology and basically encourages Member States to harmonize their 26 GHz frequency bands.

These technical conditions aim to enable spectrum use in support of 5G networks while avoiding interference and ensuring compatibility with radio services. 5G networks will not only allow users to navigate more quickly and safely (see our post on the European Commission’s recommendations on security of 5G networks) but will also include new functionalities like wireless connectivity.

This will be a central issue in this year’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC). In this context, the Decision may provide a good basis for EU Member States to reach agreements.

By Esther Ballesteros and Aaron Acrich

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