EU Telecom ministers agree on 5G roadmap – Free move of data within the EU was Estonia’s aim (Upd)

EU Telecom ministers agree on 5G roadmap – Free move of data within the EU was Estonia’s aim (Upd)

The joint roadmap for the development of 5G networks has to do with “the harmonisation of 5G spectrum bands and their allocation to telecommunications operators.” The developed networks will bring people and devices closer and in less time.

“At the beginning of the Estonian presidency, in July, we signed a 5G declaration together with all European telecommunications ministers. This allowed us to lay the foundation for the development of the 5G networks and the creation of investment security for companies in Europe. Today we passed the next important stage. In order to fulfil our goals at both national and European levels, we agreed on a detailed action plan,” said Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.

The meeting 

On Monday December 4, the last European Telecommunications Ministers meeting during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU was held in Brussels.

According to the press release, it was focused “on the free flow of data, 5G network connectivity and the new European Telecommunications Code.”

At the morning session, participants were very supportive of the Presidency’s efforts to achieve the goal by the end of this year, actually presenting a rather positive change in the conception of the subject.

Estonia has been rather innovative when it came to this kind of development within the bloc and as the Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Urve Palo said, “Initially, a number of European countries were rather hesitant. Today’s Council showed clearly, that all member states strongly support the free flow of data initiative and see its economic potential. We have come to a common understanding that, without the free movement of data, we will not be able to create a digital single market in Europe.”

Palo sees the free movement of data as one of the core digital themes of the Estonain Presidency.

It is important to note that the topic refers to non-personal data only and as regards to its legal side, “the aim of the proposal is to set out a clear legal framework under which non-personal data could move freely across borders in the EU.”

“December is an important month for us. We have moved forward with the free flow of data at a good pace. It is an important initiative and I am pleased that we have been able to work in a constructive atmosphere”, underlined the Estonian official, hopeful that, as mentioned before, the agreement they are after will be reached before the end of 2017.

The release reads that the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) will continue its work focusing on setting the roadmap for developing 5G Network connectivity in Europe…/IBNA