Thanks to the cooperation between the Czech Republic and Bavaria, Europe will be better digitally interconnected

A 5G corridor will be created between the Czech Republic and Germany which will digitally interconnect Munich and Prague. This strategic European cross-border project is  a result of a declaration signed today in Brussels by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček and Bavarian Minister for Federal and European Affairs Florian Herrmann. Representatives of the European Commission also attended the ceremony. Thanks to modern information and communication technologies, it will improve not only the transport of people and goods, but also the digital services in Europe as such.

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A 5G corridor will be created between the Czech Republic and Germany which will digitally interconnect Munich and Prague. This strategic European cross-border project is  a result of a declaration signed today in Brussels by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček and Bavarian Minister for Federal and European Affairs Florian Herrmann. Representatives of the European Commission also attended the ceremony. Thanks to modern information and communication technologies, it will improve not only the transport of people and goods, but also the digital services in Europe as such.

According to Karel Havlíček, the common 5G corridor is the result of an excellent long-term cooperation between the Czech Republic and Bavaria. “I am very pleased that the strategic 5G project is supported by the European Commission. The signing of the declaration is not the end but rather the beginning of it. It is now very important that the Munich-Prague 5G corridor becomes a strategic project under the framework of key EU 2021 – 2027 infrastructure investment instrument Connecting Europe Facility II (CEF II),” says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Karel Havlíček and adds: “The Czech-Bavarian 5G corridor project will strengthen our mutual cooperation in R&D and will improve not only the transport of people and goods, but also public access to high-speed networks as such. This will, among other things, increase the availability and interest in mobile data. The quality of service, cybersecurity and uninterrupted 5G signal are essential. The 5G networks will continuously cover all traffic routes, i.e. motorways and railways between Prague and Munich, including the trans-European transport networks.”

Thanks to projects based on 5G networks, our cross-border cooperation will be intensified in economic, scientific, research and innovations areas,“ says Minister Florian Herrmann, adding: “Due to constant developments in innovation, technology and digitalisation, our two countries have become a new economic heart of Europe.

The European Commission warmly welcomes this declaration to set up a 5G corridor between Prague and Munich” says Director-General of DG CONNECT in the European Commission Roberto Viola, adding: “Both cities are economic powerhouses already, and this corridor will boost economic growth further and showcase the potential of 5G for innovative transport and mobility services.

The 5G corridor Munich – Prague will bring innovative mobility services for both passenger and freight transport. It is also a prerequisite for future automated mobility in line with the national economic vision of the “Czech Republic: The Country for the Future”.

Following today´s declaration, a working group of Czech and Bavarian experts is being set up to deal with the conditions of joint 5G pilot projects. Cooperation between the state and the private sector with local authorities and scientists is very important for the actual functioning of the 5G corridor. Of course, when implementing this crucial European innovation, the necessary cyber security must also be ensured and the operation itself must be set up in a workable manner. The emergence of the 5G corridor is based on the strategy of the Czech Republic “Implementation and Development of 5G Networks in the Czech Republic – Path to a Digital Economy” which was approved by the government on 13 January this year.

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