updated 11:27 am EDT, Mon March 10, 2014
High-speed network technology research announced by UK Prime Minister
United Kingdom will work with Germany to create the next generation of wireless communications technology, revealed UK Prime Minister David Cameron at CeBit in Germany. The two countries will collaborate together on the 5G connections, which Cameron hopes could cut the time it takes to download an 800MB file down from 4G's 40-second transfer time to just one second.
The University of Dresden in Germany, and both King's College University of London and the University of Surrey in the UK will be working together on developing the high-speed connection, according to Cameron. When combined with the release of unused spectrum in the UK, Cameron estimates this could raise the economic benefits to the country from the £50 billion ($83 billion) it is estimated to be worth today, to £100 billion ($166 billion) in 2025, reports the Guardian.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron
The UK government is not the only entity interested in developing 5G connections. Last year, Huawei pledged $600 million over five years to fund research into the technology, while NTT DoCoMo and Samsung separately demonstrated the results of their research, including a connection speed of over 1Gbps over a distance of 1.24 miles.
The Internet of Things also received a boost in the speech, with Cameron announcing £73 million ($121 million) in funding for research, and a new grant fund offering up to £1 million ($1.66 million) to companies working on related technologies. Cameron also alluded to possible international collaborations in the field, stating "Take British ingenuity in software, services and design, add German excellence in engineering and industrial manufacturing, and together we can lead in this new revolution.
Cameron also announced the UK and Germany will "work together to improve the telecoms single market." While the European Commission has made some headway in achieving its goal of a single European telecommunications market, Cameron wants the countries "to take steps that deliver benefits to businesses and consumers quickly, including the complete elimination of mobile roaming charges."