The emergence of 5G is an important milestone in the pursuit of ubiquitous broadband access in Europe, a vital part of the Digital Agenda for Europe and the key enabler of a Digital Single Market. In December 2013, the European Commission signed a landmark agreement with the ‘5G Infrastructure Association’ to establish a Public Private Partnership on 5G (5G PPP) with the aim of accelerating research developments in 5G technology. €700 million has been allocated as part of the Horizon 2020 programme alongside EU industry which is expected to match the investment fivefold; up to €3 billion.
One of the important commitments made by the Private Side in the 5G-PPP is to ensure that their activities meet quantitative and qualitative target performance levels, measured by a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
The European Commission have selected Tech4i2 and Trinity College Dublin to undertake the SMART 2015/0013 project, identifying in greater detail the methodology to monitor and assess the required KPIs. Both partners are currently working on a related Commission Study examining 5G from a socio-economic perspective; this specialist knowledge will provide extra clarity in the selection and refinement of the business, societal and performance based KPIs.