Following a vote to approve an agreement to make the 700 MHz band frequency available for internet use paving the way for 5G internet by 2020, Alex Mayer MEP said:
"Radio frequencies know no borders and the efficient, cooridinated and fair use of the radio spectrum is vital for the connected world of today and tomorrow.
An explosion of global mobile data traffic is on the cards. It is expected to grow eightfold by 2020. Cisco's Visual Networking Index, estimates there will be 11.6 billion connected internet connected devices by then. So that is more devices than people on the planet!
This is why I am pleased to support this agreement to make the 700 MHz band frequency available for high-quality mobile internet services.
The coordinated roll out of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband will help facilitate the take-up of 5G with the potential to transform society through the development of the Internet of Things, driverless cars and smart cities."