Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society presented at the Second Global 5G Event in Rome, prizes to innovators who have found ground-breaking ways to help our digital communications networks keep up with a future gigabit society and economy, including 5G.
The €500,000 award for work on collaborative spectrum sharing went to a team led by the Centre for Telecommunications Research of King's College London(UK), whose DISTRIBUTE spectrum sharing solution could improve spectral efficiency by more than 30% in certain cases, like the sub-GHz frequency spectrum.
The €500,000 award for optical transmission went to the PHOTONMAP project led by Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. Their solution is based around ultra-high capacity fibres, which can transmit information over thousands of kilometres, with significant energy and cost savings compared to state of the art commercial systems.
The Horizon Prizes promote out of the box thinking and entrepreneurship, bringing fresh ideas to complex societal or technological issues. They are a new method of rewarding innovation, as they leave contestants total freedom to come up with the most promising and effective solution, without imposing the means to reach it and are complementing the existing EU grants and other funding tools for innovation. These are the first two Horizon Prizes to be awarded.
More information: ec.europa.eu