EU set to unveil mobile R&D plan

The EU is set to invest 1 billion euros in wireless research in order to maintain the regions dominance of the mobile industry. As well as governments the funds will come from large companies such as Nokia, Ericsson, Alcatel, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica. “In order to maintain Europe’s position in the global market for mobile and wireless systems in the 2010-2015 time horizon, it will be necessary to develop large-scale European approaches to system research and development, and to mobile services and applications,” the eMobility platform says on its website. It’s unclear how much of the funds will go towards developing mobile services and content, but the research projects will be conducted between 2007 and 2011, so don’t expect anything too soon.

The research will concentrate on how to make mobile devices easier to use and more secure at a time when the mobile Internet is maturing. Citizens will in the future rely on their mobile phones for electronic payments, secure access to information and buildings, as well as corporate data.

The research will determine some of the directions of mobile content, and indicates the importance of the industry to future economies.