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1 post • joined 5 Jul 2013

EU chucks €18m at research for stupidly fast networks


A few aspects to clarify on the story

Hello, I am a member of the team in the European Commission which is behind the EU-Japan ICT cooperation referred to in this article. Firstly, we are really glad that you have picked upon this subject, but I would like to point out a couple of aspects in this article that do not paint a fully accurate picture of the overall EU-Japan ICT cooperation.

Firstly, as you can see in the press release we issued on topic (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-646_en.htm#PR_metaPressRelease_bottom) , the projects go far beyond looking at "ways of improving networks to allow them to carry more data". What they aim to do is redefine the current Internet architecture. The efficiency in carrying data is not only related to speed, but also to radio spectrum usage, energy efficient networks, cloud computing and cyber security.

Both EU and Japan are contributing to the total €18 million for the 6 projects, since it is a joint Call for projects.

Moreover, the European Commission's "concern" with the faltering network capacity is fully justified, given the latest European industry estimates (see the June 2013 Ericsson Mobility Report: http://www.ericsson.com/news/1706363). A network's capacity to carry data impacts security and energy efficiency. Cloud computing, alongside energy efficiency in disaster situations help tackle data traffic and can trigger much faster connections.

The Digital Agenda for Europe objectives are set up in such a way that EU citizens are provided with both ultra-high speed and reliable networks. The EU-Japan joint research projects are the result of a long lasting strategic partnership involving global leaders in telecommunications that have developed common targets in terms of ICT advances. In addition, the need for global standards behind the next generation of telecommunications fully justifies this partnership and stresses the worldwide dimension research has taken nowadays. European taxpayers are to experience the benefits behind such knowledge exchange in the long run, as proven previously in the case of GSM and 3G standards.

I would like to thank you once again for covering this press release; We do look forward to any further engagement as we are committed to communicating our support towards European industrial and research leadership.

Best regards,

Silvia Alexe

Communication Officer

Network Technologies Unit

DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content and Technology) , European Commission


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