Leading 5G Visionary Organizations in Europe, USA, Japan, South Korea and China Sign Multi-Lateral Memorandum of Understanding for “Global 5G Events”


LISBON, Portugal – October 29, 2015 – Today, many of the world’s leading national and regional associations for the development of future 5G mobile technology, announced their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the organization of a series of “ Global 5G Events ” in the interest of efficiency and building global consensus on 5G.

The Parties of the Memorandum include, 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), and entered into this MoU in order to promote 5G globally as it approaches 2020.

Due to the growing number of regional 5G events currently occurring, the parties have agreed to jointly organize two “ Global 5G Events ” per year in the coming years to focus their efforts and leadership. The “Global 5G Events ” will be hosted on a rotating basis between the signing associations during each half of the year on a different continent between the Americas, Asia and Europe.

The first two “ Global 5G Events” will respectively be in the first half of 2016 in Asia under the responsibility of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and in the second half of 2016 in Europe under the responsibility of The 5G Infrastructure Association.

The “Global 5G Events” intend to support multilateral collaboration on 5G systems across continents and countries. Basic areas of interest for the “Global 5G Events” include, but are not limited to:

  • Vision and requirements of 5G systems and networks

  • Basic system concepts

  • Spectrum bands to support the global regulatory process

  • Future 5G global standards

  • Promotion of 5G ecosystem growth

Werner Mohr, Chair of the Board, 5G PPP, commented,

“Our mutual goal with 4G Americas, 5GMF, 5G Forum and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group is to support multilateral collaboration on 5G systems. This is an agreement that will help the mobile industry make the most of the valuable work at our leading 5G visionary organizations.”

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, stated,

“Innovation for a broad 5G wireless ecosystem can be helped by cooperation and collaboration. 4G Americas is pleased to join other leading wireless associations for 5G development as we engage on the critical first steps to plan for IMT-2020 and share our knowledge through the organized ‘Global 5G Events’."

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."

Kohei Satoh, Secretary General of 5GMF, commented

“As I stated in the panel discussion of 5G workshop between regional initiatives in Lisbon on 20 October 2015, 5G Integrated Verification Trial would be a big step in realizing a commercial 5G system and service. So, we should work together to cooperate and collaborate an open environment for the trial on the basis of the spirit of the multi-lateral MoU.”

Ms. CAO Shumin, Chair of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, stated,

“The multi-lateral MoU can strengthen the cooperation between 5G industry organizations. We should work together to make the 5G vision into reality. IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group is very honored to host the first ‘Global 5G Event’ in China, and we hope it will be a good platform for building global consensus on 5G.”

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