Metis will set the foundation for 5G

Metis – Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society – is a large EU co-funded research project starting in November 2012. This initiative will set the foundation for the fifth mobile and wireless communications generation, or 5G. The project will receive from the EU nearly €16 million of its €27 million.

The project objective of Metis is to respond to societal challenges for 2020 and by-product to lay the foundation for the fifth generation of the mobile and wireless communications system. Metis is a consortium of 29 partners coordinated by Ericsson.

Societal development will lead to changes in the way mobile and wireless communication systems are used. Essential services such as e-banking, e-learning and e-health will continue to proliferate and become more mobile. The societal development will lead to an avalanche of mobile and wireless traffic volume, predicted to increase a thousand-fold over the next decade. Traffic will be driven by a mix of communication between humans and machines that need to access and share information efficiently, comfortably and safely. The advent of the Internet of Things as well as other new and innovative applications will see tens of billions connected devices and an unprecedented diversity of requirements and use cases associated with wireless connectivity.

  • Metis will have to respond to the increase in traffic volume, by increasing capacity and by improving efficiency in energy, cost and spectrum utilisation. Further, the numbers of devices and varieties of use cases and requirements will necessitate mobile and wireless communication solutions with significantly increased versatility and improved scalability. 
  • Metis will lay the foundation for the future mobile and wireless communications system. 
  • Metis will develop a system concept that delivers the necessary efficiency, versatility and scalability. 
  • The project will research technology components supporting the concept. It will evaluate and demonstrate key functionalities of the system. 
  • Further, Metis will provide a proof-of-concept by means of simulations and test-beds. In particular it will demonstrate through hardware test-beds at least two key technology components developed in the project.

Metis intends to enable European lead on the development of the future mobile and wireless communications system, and ensuring an early global consensus on these systems. Metis will play an important role of building consensus among other external major stakeholders prior to global standardisation activities. This will be done by initiating and addressing work in relevant fora such as the ITU-R as well in national and regional regulatory bodies.

Metis will help the mobile and wireless communication industry to expand markets and to create new business opportunities for the mobile communications industry, but also lever opportunities in other industries that can benefit from a vastly increased mobile connectivity. European industry will benefit from Metis on the economical front by gaining prime-mover status due to the intellectual property and innovation generated by the project. Metis will offer new wireless technology concepts and novel topics (e.g. massive-machine communications, ultra-dense Networks, and ultra-reliable communication). These novel topics will support services and application areas and open new business opportunities.

Metis is co-funded by the European Commission as an Integrated Project under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and development (FP7). The project will receive from the EU nearly €16 million of its €27 million.

Contact Information:

Dr. Afif Osseiran, Ericsson, project co-ordinator, telephone: +46 10 713 26 70,

Associate Professor  Tommy Svensson, Department of Signals and Systems, Communication Systems Group, Chalmers University of Technology,, telephone: +46 (0)31 772 1823, mobile: +46 (0)70 56 08 671

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Approximately 80 persons will be dedicated full time to Metis during its 30-month duration. The strong consortium includes manufacturers, telecommunications operators, academic institutions, automotive industry and a research centre: Ericsson, Aalborg University, Aalto University, Alcatel-Lucent, BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH, Chalmers University of Technology, Deutsche Telekom AG, NTT DOCOMO, DOCOMO Euro-labs, Elektrobit (EB), France Telecom-Orange, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, Royal Institute of Technology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Nokia Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, University of Oulu, Poznań University of Technology, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Institut Mines-Télécom, Telecom Italia, TELEFÓNICA Investigacion y Desarrollo, University of Bremen, University of Kaiserslautern, and Universitat Politècnica de València.

Useful Links:

Project Web site 


EU commission DG Connect 

Published: Tue 19 Mar 2013.