5G rollout to create 2.3 mln jobs in EU

Monday 5 June 2017 | 08:55 CET | News

MEPs at the European Parliament have voted in favour of supporting the European Commission’s action plan to facilitate the deployment of 5G across the EU. In a plenary session held on 01 June, the MEPs said the rollout of 5G has the potential to generate 2.3 million jobs in the EU but stressed that coordination between EU countries would be crucial to avoid the delays that were experienced when 4G was introduced as not enough spectrum was available. MEPs also called on the Commission to come up with a strategy for the financing of 5G, which they said is likely to involve both public and private investment. “Investments are the key for achieving 5G goals. The simplification of legal framework, flexible models for co-investments and long-term certainty and predictability are required,” said Polish EPP member MichaƂ Boni.

According to the Commission, commercial 5G services could already be launched in 2020, while coverage for urban areas and major roads and railways could be in place by 2025. In the resolution, the MEPs emphasised that access to telecommunications should be equal across the EU, whilst avoiding an unequal digital development in industries such as transport and tourism. Artificial intelligence and robotics also demand clear rules on safety and liability, while schools need to teach digital skills in order to close the digital divide and ensure a smooth transition to a smart economy, said the MEPs.

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