The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) elects its Governing Board and broadens its membership in view of the new ‘Smart Networks and Services’ European Partnership


Brussels – April 23, 2021 – At the recent General Assembly meeting, the 5G IA elected its new Governing Board for a term of two years.


The sixteen organisations represented in the Governing Board of the 5G IA are:


  • Elected among 5G IA’s “Full Industry Members

Ericsson, Huawei, Netaş, Nokia, Orange, RHEA Group, Samsung, Telenor, Thales, TIM.


  • Elected among 5G IA’s “Full Association Members

Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI), Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE).


  • Elected among 5G IA’s “Full Research Members

CTTC (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya), TNO.


  • Elected among 5G IA’s “Full SME Members

Eurescom, Nextworks.



On the same day, the newly elected Governing Board confirmed during its first meeting:


Dr. Colin Willcock – Head of Research Alliances- as Chairman of the Governing Board, and

Dr. Hugo Tullberg – Principal Researcher at Ericsson – as Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board


More information on the 5G IA Governing Board is available at


The 5G IA is the voice of the European industry for the development, deployment and evolution of 5G. At the same time, the 5G IA is preparing for the next chapter in the mobile communications story with the new ‘Smart Networks and Services’ (SNS) Partnership in the framework of the Horizon Europe programme (for more information:


Within the SNS, the 5G IA will be the private side representative, jointly managing the Partnership with the EU. The SNS Partnership aims to support European technological sovereignty on Smart Networks and Services. It will contribute to enable the digital and green transitions and will allow European players to develop the technology capacities for 6G systems as the basis for future digital services towards 2030.


The 5G IA continues to expand its membership (also open to ICT Associations) to make it fit and ready for the SNS Partnership and its extended scope. The association welcomes additional stakeholders to join in order to contribute in the shaping and implementing of the SNS Partnership. In the near future, the association will change its name in order to align it with the SNS Partnership.


Membership applications can be submitted anytime ( and



About the 5G Infrastructure Association

The 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) is the 5G collaborative research program that is organized as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program – The European Union Program for Research and Innovation. It is aimed at fostering industry-driven research, monitored by business-related, technological performance and societal KPIs. The 5G PPP will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for ubiquitous next-generation communication infrastructure over the coming decade.


In the 5G PPP, the 5G IA represents the private side and the European Commission the public side. The 5G IA is committed to the advancement of 5G in Europe and to building global consensus on 5G. To this aim, the Association brings together a global industry community of telecoms & digital actors, such as operators, manufacturers, research institutes, universities, verticals, SMEs and ICT associations. The 5G IA carries out a wide range of activities in strategic areas including standardization, frequency spectrum, R&D projects, technology skills, collaboration with key vertical industry sectors, notably for the development of trials, and international cooperation.



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Media contact: Alessandro Bedeschi, Head of Office,


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