Telecoms firms launch EC wireless R&D plan

Fifteen telecoms firms have launched the eMobility Technology Platform to boost the development of new technology in Europe.

Fifteen telecoms firms have launched the eMobility Technology Platform to boost the development of new technology in Europe.

The platform, launched with backing from the European Commission, is designed to enhance co-operation among industry players, the research community, public authorities and the EC.

Component makers, European academics and operators have joined the 15 telecoms firms who have backed the project. The group includes Alcatel, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, France Telecom, H3G, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, Thales, Philips, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, TIM, Telefonica Mobiles and Vodafone.

The objective is to drive future technology development in mobile and wireless communications in a way that best serves citizens and the European economy.

The platform supports the EC's revamped Lisbon Strategy, which seeks to deliver a competitive and knowledge-based society in Europe using IT. The initiative comes as countries such as China and Korea are ramping up their research and development in the mobile and wireless fields.

Magnus Madfors, chairman of the eMobility steering board, said, "Europe has been leading mobile development with a consistent regulatory approach and considerable R&D investment."

The initiative is aimed at developing large-scale approaches to R&D, wireless and applications in the context of digital convergence. "The eMobility Technology Platform will define and implement a comprehensive research agenda in the mobile and wireless sector," said Madfors.

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