The 5G technology can boost the European Vertical markets according to a White Paper, published by the European Commission and the 5G Infrastructure Association.
On 22 February, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 5G PPP, the 5G Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and European industry and research community, launched its inaugural vision paper, which highlights how 5G network infrastructures will enable the digitalization of society and economy.
According to the White Paper, “5G Empowering Verticals”, 5G can transform a broad range of vertical sectors including automotive, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing as well as media and entertainment. The Vertical markets organize businesses based on their industry or specialized needs.
The White Paper says that a fourth industrial revolution will come because in the next decade, it is expected that the manufacturing industry will evolve towards a distributed organization of production, with connected goods, low energy processes, collaborative robots, and integrated manufacturing and logistics.
The paper points out that the automotive and transportation sector will bring to market autonomous and cooperative vehicles by 2020, while in energy the evolution of renewables will transform the traditional power grid into a smart grid, using smart meters in houses. Moreover, the digital media sectors are working on the integration of broadcast TV while in healthcare, E-health and M-health will optimize new, revolutionary concepts such as the European “Personalised or Individualised Healthcare.”
According to the White Paper, the 5G network infrastructures will enable the digitalization of the European economy society and will boost the fourth industrial revolution. European Commissioner for Digital economy and society, Günther H. Oettinger said about his vision for 5G:
“My vision for 5G…is not only about more speed and more bandwidth for mobile but about building the communication platform that will power the digital revolution. This means that public services, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and farming will all be using 5G networks to deliver new, smart products and services based on next generation connectivity.
Support for investment in Europe for 5G networks needs to start now…We need to make sure that there will be industrial players who are ready to invest in 5G services…This discussion must not only include EU telecom operators and equipment manufacturers but also representatives from key industries.
However, our 5G action plan for Europe needs eventually to cover all sectors if we are to secure our leadership in 5G technologies, deploy new networks in time and most importantly to contribute to the digitalization of European industry and society.”
The main conclusions drawn in the white paper were:
- 1) 5G will transform networks into intelligent orchestration platforms and pave the way for new business models and value propositions by cementing strong relationships between vendors, operators and verticals.
- 2) 5G will also integrate seamlessly different enabling technologies (e.g. mobile, fixed, satellite and optical).
- 3) Deploying 5G for vertical markets in Europe by 2020 should be a key objective.
- 4) Latency (below 5ms), reliability (5 nines and beyond), density (up to 100 devices/m2), and peak terminal data rates are among the most important performance targets 5G needs to achieve, along with tight constraints on territorial and population coverage.
- 5) Requirements derived from use-cases for vertical markets should be considered with high priority and covered in the early phases of the 5G standardisation process.
- 6) Vertical use cases should be duly considered when identifying spectrum priorities.