Korea and the EU will actively cooperate in the information and communications technology (ICT) area. Both parties are going to work on an ICT R&D project including 5G mobile communications starting in 2016.
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) announced on June 16 that Minister Choi Mun-kee and Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, adopted a joint declaration aimed at cooperating in ICT and 5G networking. The event was held in Seoul Palace Hotel on the same day.
The two countries decided to strengthen their cooperation in the ICT field, and to closely work with each other to develop 5G mobile communication technologies. It also agreed to cooperate in 5G standards and frequency policies. Both nations also made a decision to form an ICT working group to discuss policies related to the ICT area including 5G mobile communications, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. In addition, Korea and the EU reached an agreement that they will be involved in an R&D project in 2016.
In particular, the two nations are going to cooperate with each other in order to build an international consensus for the definition of 5G technologies and to try to set a global standard for 5G mobile technology, since it is important to develop 5G mobile networks in a timely manner.
To accomplish these goals, they decided to work harder in related international organizations such as the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).