IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and 5G PPP Announce Memorandum of Understanding for 5G

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Leading 5G Visionary Organizations in Europe and China to Cooperate

Beijing, China and GENT, Belgium – September 29th, 2015 – Today, IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, a 3-ministries initiative on 5G, and The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership (5G PPP), an international non-profit association for collaboration on 5G communications systems, announced their Memorandum of Understanding.

Cao Shumin, Chair of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group stated, “5G PPP and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group are the major organisations of steering 5G R&D in EU and China, respectively. Both of them have vital impacts on global 5G development. This MoU not only sets up a platform for the two sides to promote comprehensive and in-depth cooperation in 5G, but also lays a foundation to facilitate globally unified 5G standardization as well as the development of 5G industry and applications.”

The memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed by Chair of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, Cao Shumin and Chair of the Board of 5G PPP, Werner Mohr, outlines the basis for ongoing cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations. The MoU specifically sets forth the agreement to share information on basic system concepts for 5G, frequency spectrum to support the global regulatory process and preparation of future global 5G standards by identification of common interest and consensus building.


Currently, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has started the initial planning process for IMT-2020, the next generation of mobile networks called “5G” which is expected to be deployed in 2020 and beyond. Both 5G PPP and IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group have established work programs on 5G examining the various elements of use cases, requirements and component technologies. IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group has published their recommendations on 5G vision, requirements, concept, and technology architecture (, and pointed out that 5G will be capable to greatly enhance the user experience of mobile Internet and efficiently support massive connections of Internet of Things (IoT). 5G PPP has voiced their objective that the next generation of communication networks and services will provide ubiquitous super-fast connectivity and seamless service delivery in all circumstances utilizing very high capacity integrated IT and telecom infrastructure.

Werner Mohr, Chair of the Board, 5G PPP, commented, “Our mutual goals with IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and their insight on the requirements for 5G in China will be valuable for the planning work at 5G PPP. This is an agreement that will help the mobile industry make the most of the valuable work at both our leading 5G visionary organizations and will support consensus building during the preparatory phase of future standards.”


 About IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group: the major platform to promote 5G technology research in China

IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group has been jointly established by three ministries in China (the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology) in February 2013, based on the original IMT-Advanced Promotion Group. The platform’s mission is to promote the development of 5G technologies in China and to facilitate cooperation with foreign companies and organisations. IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group members include the main operators, vendors, universities, and research institutes in China. The Promotion Group is the major platform to promote 5G technology research in China and to facilitate international communication and cooperation. More information is available at or imt2020(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

About The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership

5G PPP is a collaborative research program that is organized as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program – The European Union Program for Research and Innovation. It is aimed at fostering industry-driven research, which is controlled by business-related, performance and societal KPIs. The 5G PPP has a lifetime from 2014 to 2020 and is open for international cooperation and participation. Within this research and innovation framework, the European Commission, with the approval of the European Parliament, has committed 700M€ of public funds to supporting 5G PPP activities. Complementary private investment in the order of five times this amount is expected to be provided by Industry, SME, and Research Institutes to realize the 5G-PPP vision. The private side in 5G PPP is represented by the 5G Infrastructure Association.

More information is available at

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Xiaobei Chen
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