In a speech opening the CeBIT international IT and telecom trade show in Hanover, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK should be working more closely with Germany on 5G mobile technology, the Internet of Things and the ‘digital’ European single market.
He’s announced £45 million of new funding for research in areas linked to the ‘Internet of Things’ and new collaboration between the University of Dresden, London-based King’s College University and the University of Surrey to develop 5G.
The Prime Minister is being accompanied by UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston, Joanna Shields from Tech City, Hossein Yassaie of Imagination Technologies, Ian Stevens from Touch Bionics, Stan Boland from Neul and Eben Upton from Raspberry Pi.
David Cameron said “This is a world on fast forward. A world of permanent technological revolution. And in this world, countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed if we have a relentless drive for new ideas and innovations. My mission here at CeBIT is to promote the extraordinary tech sector we have in the UK. 4 years ago, we put in place a long-term economic plan to turn our country around - and innovation is right at the heart of that plan. The UK tech scene today is dynamic. Relentlessly ambitious. Leading the way. It is our ambition to make the UK the most digital nation in the G8 and it is my mission to show the world that we’re getting there.”
More than 3,400 companies from 70 nations will be exhibiting at this year’s CeBIT show.
[Video of CeBIT 2014 opening]