5G IA appoints new governing board, broadens membership

Tuesday, 27 April, 2021

5G IA appoints new governing board, broadens membership

At a recent General Assembly meeting, the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) elected its new governing board for two years. The 16 organisations represented in the governing board of the 5G IA are elected among the 5G IA’s ‘Full Industry Members’.

The represented organisations include Ericsson, Huawei, Netaş, Nokia, Orange, RHEA Group, Samsung, Telenor, Thales, TIM, Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOIT), Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE), the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), TNO, Eurescom and Nextworks.

The newly elected governing board appointed Dr Colin Willcock, Head of Radio Network Standardization at Nokia, as Chairman of the governing board. Dr Huge Tullberg, Principal Researcher at Ericsson, was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the governing board.

The 5G IA represents the European industry for the development, deployment and evolution of 5G. At the same time, the 5G IA is preparing for advancements in mobile communications with the new ‘Smart Networks and Services’ (SNS) Partnership in the framework of the Horizon Europe Programme.

Within the SNS, the 5G IA will serve as private side representative, jointly managing the Partnership with the EU. The SNS Partnership aims to support European technological sovereignty on Smart Networks and Services. It will contribute to enable the digital and green transitions and will allow European players to develop the technology capacities for 6G systems as the basis for future digital services towards 2030.

The 5G IA continues to expand its membership and is open to ICT associations, to make it fit and ready for the SNS Partnership and its extended scope. The association welcomes additional stakeholders to contribute to the shaping and implementation of the SNS Partnership. The association plans to change its name in the near future, to align it with the SNS Partnership.

Membership applications can be submitted anytime. Further information about associate memberships can be found here.

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