It is hoped that METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society) will keep Europe at the forefront of development of the future mobile and wireless system. At the same time, it is aimed at building a global consensus regarding the requirements and key performance indicators of the system.
Ulf Wahlberg, Head of Industry and Research Relations, says: "As when we developed the previous generations of mobile-communications standards, there is a need for an initial phase of common research activities to develop concepts and prototypes, and to reach a common view of what are going to be the key ingredients of the coming standard.
"The continuing growth of mobile broadband will create many new services and applications where we are always connected, anywhere, anytime and with anything. This will create new needs to be supported by the network that we need to counter with new research. For example, we will address scalability, increased capacity and coverage, and how to improve efficiency in energy, cost and spectrum utilization."
The project will run for 30 months. Its research consortium consists of 29 organizations, including manufacturers, telecom operators, academic institutions, companies from the automotive industry and a research institution.
METIS officially started with a kickoff meeting in Kista in mid-November with 125 participants from the consortium.
Afif Osseiran, Master Researcher at Ericsson and METIS Project Coordinator, says: "This project is the most important one for Ericsson Research in the coming years and it is supported at the highest level in the company.
"It is also an opportunity to confirm that Ericsson maintains leadership in the mobile world, to show that we are at the forefront of development and to strengthen our thought leadership."
Being co-funded by the EU, METIS will benefit the European industry financially by giving it prime-mover status due to the innovations generated by the project.
It will offer new wireless technology concepts and new topics, such as massive-machine communications, ultra-dense networks and ultra-reliable communication.
Jan Färjh, Head of Standardization and Industry, says: "It is very important that we achieve a broad consensus on the mobile-communication systems of tomorrow. For Ericsson, it is also an opportunity to drive the business in the direction we think is the right one."