British Prime Minister David Cameron has just announced a £45m government funding at IT business exhibition CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, the £45m will go towards the 5G research partnership between the UK and Germany. Also speaking abut the revolution of the Internet of things, it was no surprise that this was to come as Europe seeks to advance in technology.
He said: “I see the internet of things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change.
Talking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Cameron also stresses that “We are on the brink of a new industrial revolution and I want us – the UK and Germany – to lead it.”
What was also important from the talks is that they have on their agenda, plans to scrap roaming charges which has been an issue for business travellers or even general consumers. As seen at MWC back in February, it is clear that the Internet of things is going strong in other parts of the world with countries like Dubai already thinking about ways in which cities can be connected using technology and data.
It would be interesting to see how it all plans out in the next few years and whilst it is great to hear their plans, it would also be great to bring rural areas who still only have 2G services up to date with 3G and 4G speeds in the UK.