Report: 5G roll-out in the EU. Special Report 2022

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The European Court of Auditors presents the Special Report of 2022 concerning the 5G roll-out in the EU. Progress but also delays in deployment of networks with security issues remaining unresolved. The “fifth generation” of telecommunication systems, or 5G, is a new global wireless standard that offers a much higher data capacity and transmission speeds. 5G services are essential for a wide range of innovative applications which have the potential to transform many sectors of our economies and improve citizens’ daily lives. 5G is therefore of strategic importance for the entire single market.

5G is expected to add up to €1 trillion to the European GDP between 2021 and 2025, with the potential to create or transform up to 20 million jobs across all sectors of the economy. However, the European Court of Auditors observed that delays are putting at risk the achievement of the EU’s objectives for 5G deployment and that further efforts are necessary to address security issues. In the report, several recommendations adressed to the Commission, aimed at pushing forward the timely and concerted implementation of secure 5G networks in the EU.

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