Taiwan, EU to cooperate on smart factory, unmanned aerial vehicles in 5G era

Taiwan has eyes on the next generation of 5G technology innovation

 The 6th Taipei 5G Summit

The 6th Taipei 5G Summit (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A joint program between Taiwan and the European Union on 5G technology development will enter a new phase in 2019, with planned experiments on unmanned aerial vehicles and a smart factory to launch in October.

The plans are part of the island’s ambitions to usher in the advent of the 5G era for commercial applications, said the Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津). The announcement was made at the 6th Taipei 5G Summit on Thursday (May 30), attended by 400 government and industry representatives from the UK, Japan, and India.

According to Shen, two 5G national teams have been formed, led by leading telecommunications companies Chunghwa Telecom and FarEastone. They are tasked with developing applications in entertainment and smart automobile areas, respectively.

Other 5G projects include enhancing MICE industry infrastructure to attract international buyers, and smart medical applications incorporating Mixed Reality (MR) technology that provides distance counseling services.

Companies participating in the event include Intel, Reliance Jio, Supermicro, Cisco, Red Hat, Asia Pacific Telecom, Viavi Solutions, Keysight, Quanta Computer, Rohde & Schwarz, and MediaTek.

The 6th Taipei 5G Summit (Photo/MOEA)