What are Europe’s 5G cross-border corridors?

European countries and industry are cooperating to prepare the large-scale deployment of 5G corridors for Connected and Automated Mobility on European transport paths.

The European Commission defined digital cross-border corridors, where vehicles can physically move across borders and where cross-border road safety, data access, data quality and reliability, connectivity and digital technologies can be tested and demonstrated. 

Within the European 5G vertical strategy, Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) is considered as a flagship use case for 5G deployment along European transport paths. The objective is to create complete ecosystems around vehicles, from road-safety or digital rail operations to high-value commercial services for road users and train passengers. 

5GMED, bringing a sustainable 5G deployment model for future mobility in the Mediterranean Cross-Border Corridor

Borders are already covered by 7 projects launched in November 2018 and September 2020. These projects are testing or will trial 5G technology applied to CAM over cross-border sections of motorways, rail, waterways and ports: 5GCarmen, 5GCroCo, 5GMobix, 5GBluprint, 5GRoutes, 5GRail, and 5GMED

5GMED will demonstrate advanced Cooperative Connected, and Automated Mobility (CCAM) and Future Railway Mobile Communications System services (FRMCS) along the “Figueres-Perpignan” cross-border corridor between Spain and France, what it is known as the Mediterranean Corridor, enabled by a multi-stakeholder compute and network infrastructure deployed by MNOs, neutral hosts, and road and rail operators, based on 5G and offering support for AI functions.