Cameron: UK to partner with Germany on internet future

Research funding to use the internet to improve everyday devices - such as fridges which can order more milk when it runs low - is to be doubled in a drive to make the UK a world leader in digital technology, David Cameron has said.

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PM: UK and Germany to collaborate on 5G mobile web

Speaking in Hanover at the CeBIT 2014 trade fair, David Cameron announced that German and British Universities would be collaborating on research towards 5G mobile internet.

He told the conference:

With 4G, an 800 megabyte movie takes around 40 seconds to download; with 5G that would be cut to one second.

This is a prize that researchers all over the world are going for and so I am delighted to announce a new collaboration, between the University of Dresden, King’s College University in London and the University of Surrey.

Three world-leading universities working on 5G hand in hand – that is something to be truly excited about.

– David Cameron

UK to work with Germany on abolition of roaming fees

As part of their discussions, David Cameron said that Britain and Germany had agreed to work together for the abolition of mobile roaming charges across the European Union.

We welcome the long-term ambition of the European Commission but we want to take steps that deliver benefits for businesses and consumers including complete elimination of mobile roaming charges.

– David Cameron

Combining British ingenuity with German engineering would put the two countries at the forefront of a new technology-based "industrial revolution", he suggested.

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.

– David Cameron

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Cameron to double investment in digital technology

German chancellor Angela Merkel and David Cameron together at the opening of the expo in Hanover.

Research funding to use the internet to improve everyday devices - such as fridges which can order more milk when it runs low - is to be doubled in a drive to make the UK a world leader in digital technology, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister announced an extra £45 million to develop the so-called "internet of things" as he arrived in Germany for the CeBIT 2014 trade fair.

He is attending the event in Hanover - where he is holding talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel - as Britain is the official "partner country" of the event.

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