5G technology should be launched in Serbia by the end of the year, Minister of Innovation and Technology Nenad Popovic said in a cabinet statement following a meeting with Swedish vendor Ericsson, eKapija reports. ‘The fourth generation of mobile networks has made significant changes in telecommunications and 5G technology is transforming the entire global society. The fifth generation will have much greater capacity and will be able to provide larger amounts of data for much less time than existing networks,’ the official was quoted as saying.
In terms of progress towards 5G, Serbia adopted its Development Strategy for New Generation Networks in April this year – which aims to promote the development of cloud computing, IoT and 5G technologies in the country – whilst Telekom Srbija (MTS) conducted a demonstration of 5G in partnership with Ericsson the same month. The regulator has not yet moved to make available the spectrum resources required for 5G, however, casting doubt on the possibility of achieving the minister’s goal of a 2018 commercial launch.