Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Chinese 5G Technology Likely to Play Major Role in European Telecom Sector

 Unicom booth at China International Exhibition Center

(Photo : Getty Images/Feng Li) People visit a Unicom booth at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China.

As China and the European Union (EU) moves in the same direction to bring cutting-edge 5G technology to the masses, there have been efforts to promote co-operation between both parties to work together to derive maximum benefit. 

Luigi Gambardella, president of China-EU, an association which aims to establish joint research and business partnership in telecommunications and other areas between China and Europe, believes that the EU should intensify cooperation with China in 5G mobile technology.

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In a recent interview with Xinhua Gambardella said that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an international industry and 5G is a up-and-coming area for overall cooperation. "I think the cooperation from the outset between China and Europe on 5G matters should be essential for the EU's 5G strategy," Gambardella said.

Gambardella thinks that China is the biggest Internet market in the world and looks forward to playing a leading role in universal 5G development in the coming decades. The first to partner with China will not only take a large market share but also grab a piece of the action by standing at the top of the industry in the development of 5G technology.

He offers a three-pronged strategy that should be implemented by the EU when seeking cooperation with China.

First, the EU should explore harmony between China's and EU 5G policies. Secondly, both parties should help each other to accomplish joint research and trails on 5G. The third step is to set up a collective China-EU digital fund.

In its national five-year plan (2016-2020)  China set the target of 5G commercialization by 2020. Luckily that is the deadline by which EU is looking to contemplate early 5G deployment

This helps both partners stay on the same page and ensures harmonious development.

Gambardella reiterated that Europe should maintain its relations with China to facilitate research and development. Initiatives like 'Full 5G Cities,' might be put in place first in Europe and then in China.

Experts have also suggested that a joint fund should be created to support small and medium-sized EU and Chinese 5G enterprises by investing in them.

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