March 11, 2014
Great Britain struck a major deal with Germany at the CeBIT 2014 trade fair to co-develop a 5G Internet service fast enough to download a movie in less than a second. German and British universities will work together on the project. Speaking at the tech summit in Hannover, Germany, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that his country risks being left behind if it does not develop ultra-fast broadband. He also announced a major investment in a grant fund and research and development for the Internet of Things.
“South Korea is expected to roll-out 5G within the next two years. 5G will allow users to download a 800-megabyte movie file in one second,” reports Mail Online, noting that the announcement “includes a collaboration between the University of Dresden, King’s College University in London and the University of Surrey to develop 5G in the UK and Germany.”
“This is a world on fast forward. A world of permanent technological revolution,” said Cameron. “And in this world, countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed if we have a relentless drive for new ideas and innovations. The UK tech scene today is dynamic. Relentlessly ambitious. Leading the way.”
“It is our ambition to make the UK the most digital nation in the G8 and it is my mission to show the world that we’re getting there,” he added.
During his two-day visit, Cameron met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also spoke at the conference, to discuss details of the broadband initiative and his interest in the Internet of Things, which he described as “a huge transformative development — a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change.”
“We are on the brink of a new industrial revolution and I want us — the UK and Germany — to lead it,” he said.
Cameron Says UK and Germany to Work on 5G, Internet of Things, TechWeek Europe, 3/10/14
Merkel, Cameron Kick Off CeBIT Tech Fair in Germany, The Australian, 3/10/14