Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society (METIS)

In 2020, mobile and wireless traffic volume is expected to increase thousand-fold over 2010 figures. Moreover, an increase in the number of wirelessly-connected devices to counts in the tens of billions will have a profound impact on society. Massive machine communication, forming the basis for the Internet of Things, will make our everyday life more efficient, comfortable and safer, through a wide range of applications including traffic safety and medical services. The variety of applications and traffic types originating from or reaching mobile, WLAN, and sensor networks, will be significantly larger than today, and will result in more diverse requirements on services, devices and networks. METIS is set up by leading global players to prepare the migration from todays mobile systems, focused on human communications, towards tomorrows multi-purpose global communication infrastructure, serving humans and things. The main objective of METIS is to lay the foundation for, and to generate a European consensus on this future global mobile and wireless communications system. METIS will provide valuable and timely contributions to pre-standardisation and regulation processes, and ensure European leadership in mobile and wireless communications. METIS will provide fundamentally new solutions which fit the needs beyond 2020. Research will be conducted on network topologies, radio links, multi-node, and spectrum usage techniques. Horizontal topics will be used to integrate the research results into a system concept that provides the necessary flexibility, versatility and scalability at a low cost. The METIS concept will be evaluated, and a roadmap will be generated. METIS is a strong European consortium, completed by selected non-European partners to ensure global harmonisation. The consortium gathers major telecommunication stakeholders vendors, operators and academic researchers, together with a new partner from the automotive industry to provide new insights

Partner organizations

  • Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf (Private, Germany)
  • Docomo Communications Laboratories Europe (Private, Germany)
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) (Academic, Spain)
  • Uppsala University (Academic, Sweden)
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) (Academic, Sweden)
  • Elektrobit Wireless Communications (Private, Finland)
  • Deutsche Telekom (Private, Germany)
  • Ericsson AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Aalto University, Espoo (Academic, Finland)
  • Telefonica (Private, Spain)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Academic, Germany)
  • Universität Bremen (Academic, Germany)
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Academic, Germany)
  • BMW (Private, Germany)
  • Alcatel-Lucent Germany (Private, Germany)
  • Aalborg Universitet (Academic, Denmark)
  • Nokia Oy (Private, Finland)
Start date 01/11/2012
End date The project is closed: 30/04/2015

Published: Fri 11 Nov 2016. Modified: Fri 15 Sep 2017