Optical networks underpin 5G

On 22 February, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 5G PPP, the public-private partnership between the European Commission and the European industry and research community, released a vision paper describing how 5G network infrastructures will lead to ‘a new industrial revolution’.

The paper, titled 5G Empowering Vertical Industries, considers the application of digital technologies to the most important vertical sectors in Europe – including manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, energy, and entertainment – and how their requirements will shape 5G system design.


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