The transition in the telecoms industry to 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks, will herald a "revolution" in digital communications, enabling new technologies that will change citizens' lives, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Gunther Oettinger told CNBC.
The industry is targeting a transition to 5G in the next few years, said Oettinger at the CeBIT conference in Hannover, Germany on Tuesday.
The jump from 3G to 4G is a "kind of evolution but no revolution," he said. But 5G in combination with 4G was truly a technological revolution, the commissioner said, as it will enable new technology such as connected cars, and health care supported by digital technology. None of that is feasible without 5G.
"5G is just a technological enabler," Oettinger told CNBC.