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Why GSMA Rejects EU’s 5G Action Plan On Connected Cars


Global System for Mobile-telecommunication Association (#GSMA) seems to have rejected the European Union 5G action plan on connected cars, saying the choice of the Commission will jeopardize its digital competitiveness.

According to GSMA, EU’s position will make it stick with an outdated Wi-Fi (802.11p) technology for connected vehicles, ostensibly ignoring technological innovation and choice.

 “The GSMA urges EU Member States and the European Parliament to reject the proposed rules that favour wi-fi technology to connect cars across Europe, and instead maintain flexibility to encourage the deployment of more advanced technologies, like Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) connectivity,” it said in an email message.

The EU’s 5G Action Plan calls for all “major terrestrial transport paths to have uninterrupted 5G coverage by 2025.” Rather than incentivising this outcome, the new legislation – the Delegated Act on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) deals a blow to 5G rollout plans across Europe. As C-V2X is a key building block for future 5G networks, and as connected cars are one of the most important 5G use cases, this decision to prioritise 802.11p will hinder 5G deployment in Europe.

GSMA message reads: “The GSMA fully supports the purported aim of this legislation to make roads in Europe safer and smarter to bring down the number of road fatalities. However, the Commission’s plan to double down on an ageing technology for C-ITS does a disservice to European drivers and industry.

The Delegated Act on C-ITS fails to take into account more recent technological innovation. C-V2X provides more security, range and quality of service than 802.11p. It is, therefore, no surprise that C-V2X is quickly becoming the worldwide standard for communication between vehicles and with roadside infrastructure. In fact, North America and China are already moving forward with C-V2X, which will allow them to move to connected driving more quickly, cheaply and safely than Europe.”

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