Europe’s open standards development model underpins EU leadership in cellular communications, drives innovation, and benefits consumers around the world.

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Open standards development supports market entry for all players, encourages innovation, and benefits consumers and society globally. The current model enables European players to make significant R&D investments, work collaboratively, and achieve the critical mass needed to compete on a global scale.

The success of this model depends on the ability of wireless technology developers to provide access to their inventions to anyone who needs to implement them. This “access for all” approach offers the most efficient way to share technology: licensing at a single point in the value chain. It aligns with EU calls for a balanced, predictable, and efficient approach that ensures rapid access to foundational communications technologies.

In contrast, some advocate a "license to all" approach to standardisation. This is counterproductive to EU objectives and could result in technology lock-in. It could put European strategic autonomy at risk, in a market dominated by a few powerful players, with proprietary standards and operating systems.


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Cellular Technology Standards: the Basics

Learn what open cellular technology standards are and how they drive evolution of wireless communications.

The Benefits of Open Cellular Technology Standards

Open standards development has transformed the world over the past 30 years. Your smartphone, and all the services you have at your fingertips, would not exist without cellular technology standards.

Developing Cellular Technology Standards

Learn about the process by which open standards are developed, tested, and published for use by anyone needing to implement the relevant technologies.

What is a Standard Essential Patent?

Standard essential patents (SEPs) have a major impact on modern society and daily life. This document explains how.

Video: open standardisation means every company can seize the 5G opportunity

The fifth generation of cellular standards is changing the world. With multiple devices being connected for the first time, many companies are able to offer new innovative new products and services. Massive new opportunities are opening up to European businesses of all sizes thanks to 5G. IP Europe’s vision to make Europe the world’s leading digital ecosystem.