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Minister Jeliazkov participated in the final sessions and signing of the conclusions of the World Radiocommunication Conference on 5G Frequency

25.11.2019

Additional bandwidths for the development of fifth generation (5G) mobile networks were identified during the World Radiocommunication Conference. The Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Rossen Jeliazkov participated in the final sessions and the signing of the final documents on behalf of Bulgaria. The Forum is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and sets out the directions for the development of radio communications and radio spectrum management worldwide. This year's event took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Compared to previous meetings, the Conference allocated almost nine times the spectrum for 5G. The new bands guarantee the establishment of networks for faster transmission of huge amounts of data, reliable connection of a large number of devices and processing of considerable volumes of data with minimal delay. The technology will support applications for smart homes and buildings, smart cities, 3D video, cloud technology work, remote medical services, virtual reality and communication between industry automation machines. The International Telecommunication Union is committed to implement standards to support all 5G applications in 2020.

The Bulgarian side actively participated in the forum with proposals for better harmonization of national and global spectrum allocations.

During the conference, Minister Jeliazkov met with Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General. During the conversation, the active participation and contribution of our country in the activities of this global organization were emphasized.

Minister Jeliazkov also met with Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Amr Talaat. Rossen Jeliazkov informed his Egyptian counterpart about initiatives related to the development of 5G technologies. "One of the most important aspects is ensuring the cybersecurity of 5G networks. A package of rules for the European Union is being prepared in this direction, which will define specific activities at national level," the minister said. He emphasized that the next step is the provision of radio frequency spectrum.

Minister Jeliazkov added that Bulgaria is one of the 8 countries in Europe to house a supercomputer that will be built by an EU project. Utilizing its resources will support business, research and training.