Digital Day w Rzymie

Digital Day wydarzenie organizowane przez Komisję Europejską w Rzymie z okazji 60 rocznicy podpisania Traktatów Rzymskich. Na zaproszenie Wiceprzewodniczącego KE Andrusa Ansipa wziąłem udział w sesji „Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility”. Poniżej moje wystąpienie:

Cooperative, connected, automated mobility – Rome, 23 rd March, 2017

It will be very important today to watch the ceremony of signing the Letter of Intent by the representatives of nearly all Member States involved to the common work and efforts on ensuring the start of the autonomous car project in Europe: Connected and Automated Driving.

I think, it will be a clear manifestation of the well described interest, of the understanding of the digital challenges and – the political will in the best European sense.

Good message and good tribute to the 60 anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

The concept and the project of the: „connected car” is the symbolic example of the great opportunities of the incoming 5 G.

Those opportunities can create the new digital economy and the Gigabit society – it will be possible, if this project will cover and involve the whole continent, and – when all partners, especially: all Member States will be able to act together.

5G is the revolution – for the economy, for all industrial areas, for the new types of services, for the society and everyday life of everyone !

What kind of the industry developments we can expect ?

This is the essential question, but firstly – we need to understand better the phenomenon of the 5G ( this network of networks – Very High Capacity Network, this special combination of the latency, speed, user experienced data rate ).

5G requires:

a/ the new climate for: the pro innovation and future proof investments, much more simplified and friendly environment for the long term investments, conditions for the infrastructure based competition, strong certainty for the business decisions, extending licenses terms in all countries – and well combined public and private financial sources at the value ca. 600 billions of Euro in the perspective of 10 years.

b/ the development of the new demand, which will grow among the society due to the 5 G advantages of the new services and products. Those new services and products will respond to the new users’ expectations and will bring to the European citizens completely new benefits – changing at the same time the industries, as for example:

–  in manufacturing: providing the highly resilient, secure and low latency communication platform in the factory – can bring decrease of the production costs and improve automation and robotisation, the latency will ensure the IoT communication: now at the 1km2 – 1000 devices can be connected effectively, using 5 G – one million!

–  in healthcare area: key is – to open the opportunity to give the personalised services to the patients by using the personal wearable devices and monitoring the state of health in the real time – which is important when the societies are ageing, for people with chronic diseases, for the shift paradigm in the healthcare area – from reactions on diseases to much more preventive solutions; in addition 5G will open the new possibilities for telesurgery operations;

–  in public transport: 5G can provide coverage and bandwidth for infotainment and more efficient operations due to the real -time information, better maintenance of infrastructure, all those possible – thank to the fast transmission of all needed data and processing them;

c/ proper realisation of the key conditions and requirements , as:

of existing spectrum bands. It means: harmonisation of decisions and solutions ( starting from NOW) – from 700 MHz to the future GHz frequencies. The decisions should be taken at the same time by all partners and in the same direction!

–  A well -functioning access regime across Europe will be critically important to avoid bottlenecks. It is also crucial for the full inclusiveness of the new infrastructure, especially regarding the current division between urban and rural areas;

–  Changes of the National Broadband Plans adjusted to the common European objective and the timetable for 5G implementation;

Harmonised work on allocation of the spectrum. It means: defragmentation

–  Involvement of the all stakeholders: from the Member States via regional and local authorities, business ( sectors, companies, SMEs, Start Ups), consumers organisations, European institutions;

–  Readiness to participate in all preparatory actions: trials, testing projects, road map for standardisation ( the significance of the standardisation and interoperability is crucial ) – expressed and taken by all partners.

What can we do in the European Parliament ?

We need to finish successfully our work on the 5 G package: The European Electronic Communication Code, legislation on the BEREC and Wi-Fi projects, and the report on Gigabit Society and 5 G Action Plan, for which I am the rapporteur. It could be great to make this Report – some kind of the guidance for all partners: what should be done to achieve the 5 G goals and – to establish this Report as a promotion of 5 G benefits.

But at the same time we have to implement the law on 470-790 MHz, what is important for preparation the starting point for 5G.

We can express the work on those issues as: an essential package for 5 G.

In addition, we need to speed up the work on: A European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, a milestone towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility. But it will be not sufficient for making 5G – the turning point for the European economy and the life. Because, first of all – we have to finish the implementation of all proposals related to the Digital Single Market, to bring into force the NIS directive, to make a proper and well designed implementation of the GDPR, start the work on e-privacy regulation.

Both solutions: GDPR and e-privacy will be crucial for creating the trust, raise the awareness of the problems of the privacy protection and security of all forms of the communications, interactions and information in the digital area. Last, but not least – we need to consider, if we will expect the special regulation for the Internet of Things, some aspects of the robotics, e-health solutions and free flow of data.

We could title this set of the solutions: holistic, integrated package for 5 G.

All those works and solutions should be consistent, in the holistic approach framework. And, we need to understand – that for innovation – not in every case we should start with strong regulatory terms. In some areas – it is better to use the „soft law”: co-regulation, self-regulation schemes, codes of conducts etc.

Final point for consideration.

When we are looking at the line of growth of technologies – hurrying up and growing up quickly in last years and compare this line with the line of our, humans’ adaptability to those new technologies ( at the constant level ! ) , we can observe that from 3/5 years – the gap between those two lines is increasing enormously. So, we, people – are lagging behind !

So, for the 5 G success we have to strengthen the digital literacy development in the broad sense.

From the teaching of coding as a part of the curricula via giving digital skills to the elderly generation to the teaching ethics – engineers working on learning machines. Without the digital literacy – we: as users, consumers, citizens, drivers, patients, workers, co-workers with robots etc.etc. – will have no chance to take all those brilliant opportunities of 5 G.

Michal Boni, MEP
Rome, 23 rd March, 2017