The leading global status of the wireless 5G, and beyond, technologies is still in few hands, and Europe has the possibility to take the role of being the number one in uptake and utilisation of wireless technologies and the applications in sectors like health, sustainable factories, autonomous vehicles, and smart city/region. In future these sectors will be exploiting virtually unlimited wireless connectivity, which will improve the productivity of industries. The ongoing research, development and deployment efforts across industries involved in for example 5G are expected to reach €10.6 trillion across industries and to represent 4.6% of all global real output by 2035. 5G is expected to generate 22 million new jobs in both existing and non-traditional sectors. The benefits for European industry and society as users of 5G technology will be significant, but particularly so if Europe and its societies are proactive in developing and exploiting new fast wireless ICT. New wireless technologies must enable sustainable, energy- and resource-efficient and secure realisation of new solutions.
As part of the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation, the Wireless ICT partnership will, via EU-wide cross-regional collaboration, help to develop and to implement a common strategy enabling investments in the field of fast and energy- and resource-efficient wireless ICT. The growing number of devices and computing services will require combinational skills, for example in 5G technologies, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.
Collaborating parties will join the forces to scale up vertical (thematic) pilot cases into full-scale cross-European value chains and sustainable business cases, aiming to industrial pilots utilising fast, reliable, secure, and energy-efficient wireless ICT. Approach used to the prepared pilots is from bottom-up, listening carefully the needs of the companies. Active participation of regional governments will ensure alignment between the business and the societal challenges thus making the value chains robust on a long-term perspective. The active participation of academic institutions will ensure flexibility within the partnership thus making it sustainable on a long term.
List of thematic areas
- Future sustainable industry
- Autonomous vehicles
- Smart cities/regions
List of regions involved
Contact details of the Leading Regions
Project manager: Gitte Meriläinen, Council of Oulu Region, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison manager: Mika Rantakokko, University of Oulu, email@example.com
Project manager: Michael Nilsson, Luleå University of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor, Executive Director: Karl Andersson, Luleå University of Technology, email@example.com