martes, 10 de julio de 2018

Connected mobility: One of the cross-roads for 5G development in EU

The completion of the Digital Single Market will change once for all the European economy. On top of the shared digital economy space many applications will be more easy adopted. One of these applications are connected mobility. In order to to make Europe a world leader in the deployment of connected and automated mobility, the European Commission adopted in May a communication which sets the strategy for the mobility of the future.

One of the elements of the strategy is the adoption by the end of 2018 of a delegated regulation under the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive to ensure secured and trustful communications between vehicles and infrastructure. This legislation may be the cornerstone for a sophisticated market of entertainment and business services and products which revenues could exceed EUR 620 billion by 2025 for the EU automotive industry and EUR 180 billion for the EU electronic sector. As a consequence, the fight wthin the EU Council  and the EU parliament spurred by lobbys has already started.

The core of the fight is related with the role 5G will play in the legislation. Currently, cars are equipped with V2V technology based on wifi and there is a fear among many that the EU Commission will not impose any interoperability obligation between this systems with the forthcoming 5G infrastructure. While others are against given any prominence to 5G and judges that "imposing interoperability on the market warrants the same response as imposing one single technology: it stifles competition".

But will it be possible to fully develop  the V2V market without 5G interoperability? Many think-tanks and researchers do not see it possible and see 5G as the key for the develop V2V market. However, others thing that linked V2V to 5G will delay V2V development due to the lavk of maturity (and availability) of the new cellular technology. At the same time, telecom operators willnot be interested in the deployment of 5G networks along roads without a ceratinty that this infrastructure will be used and provide a reasonable ROI.

So we have arrive a new chicken and the egg problem. 5G is the key for the development and digitalisation of many industries, but at the same time needs a demand from this industries in the medium short-term. The adoption of 5G as a standard in connected mobility is one of the many cross-roads that 5G development in EU will face in the next years.

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