METIS 5G channel model receives Technology of the Year Award

The Ericsson-led METIS project received the 2015 Wireless Innovation Forum Technology of the Year Award in recognition of the Development of 5G Radio Channel Models. The Award is a great recognition of the channel modelling work performed in METIS and shows the impact of basic research on the entire communication community.

METIS poster Winncom

Master Researcher, Ericsson Research

Master Researcher, Ericsson Research

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 The Wireless Innovation Forum is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to advocating for spectrum innovation, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications worldwide. Their Technology of the Year award is presented to an individual or organization for a breakthrough product or technology in the field of Software Defined or Cognitive Radio as selected by the members.

The motivation for awarding METIS the 2015 Technology of the Year award is:

Because of its contribution to the future development of the next-generation communications (5G) by developing a complete new set of radio channels models based on realistic end-user scenarios and requirements. These new models will enable the testing and optimization of next-generation radio devices in a very wide set of the frequency spectrum, from relatively low frequencies in the current cellular frequency bands to centimeter and millimeter wave frequencies. These models will therefore help to speed up development of the next generation of wireless technology.

Here is a short summary, based on an earlier blog post by Jonas Medbo, of the channel modelling work of METIS:

Accurate radio channel knowledge is crucial to optimize mobile communications networks and get the maximum performance out of them. The radio channel models that are currently in wide use, for example WINNER and ITU IMT Advanced, have been developed to match the needs of 3G and 4G mobile networks. From several radio propagation aspects, they are not suitable for 5G. The three main differences in 5G channel models are

  • Radically higher carrier frequencies, in the millimeter wave (mmW) range, that are considered for 5G, and also larger bandwidths
  • The use of substantially larger antenna arrays, for example massive MIMO, requires more accurate and realistic modeling of the directional properties of the channel.
  • New propagation scenarios including direct device-to-device communication and dual link end mobility differs to standard cellular communications where the base station end of the link is fixed and the antenna is elevated.

METIS, a European 7th framework project, had a dedicated channel measurement and modelling group to work with the 5G channel modelling challenge. Partners in the METIS channel measurement and modelling group: Anite (Chair), Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, DoCoMo Euro-labs, Fraunhofer HHI, Nokia, Aalto University, University of Oulu, Elektrobit. The results of this work are published in the public deliverable “METIS channel models”.



As the METIS technical manager, I was honored to accept the Award at the WInnComm 2016 conference in Reston, Virginia, on behalf of the METIS project and the channel modelling group in particular. I also had the opportunity to present a poster summarizing the METIS channel model, as you can see above.

Hugo Tullberg
Master Researcher, Ericsson Research
Technical coordinator of the METIS project, which ran Nov 1, 2012 – April 30, 2015.

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