[Munich, Germany, 25 February 2013]: Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has joined forces with academic and industry partners to develop solutions for the next generation of mobile and wireless communications. Within the consortium, Huawei is leading research on the prospective air interface, a core technology component of mobile and wireless communications.
By 2020, mobile data traffic is expected to increase a thousand fold and the number of connected mobile devices is likely to exceed 50 billion. To meet the requirements that come with this tremendous growth, experts at Huawei’s European Research Center (Huawei ERC) in Munich, Germany, are working on the development of a future mobile and wireless communications system. Together with 28 partners, including telecom equipment manufacturers, operators, academic institutions and the automotive industry, they have formed the METIS consortium to develop system concepts and technology components that can efficiently handle the rapid increase in wireless data traffic in terms of energy consumption, spectrum use and cost.
METIS stands for ‘Mobile and wireless communications enablers for the twenty-twenty (2020) information society’. Launched in November 2012, the consortium aims to improve existing mobile solutions along with the introduction of radically new technologies.
The integration of communication between many connected machines will play a key role in this context. Machine to Machine (M2M) communications can significantly improve our quality of life, for instance by paving the way for intelligent control of energy, automated e-health services or increased traffic safety thanks to networked cars.
Within METIS, Huawei ERC is leading research on the prospective air interface which will be demonstrated by METIS in a lab system. "The air interface must be able to use the spectrum very flexibly and allow lowest energy consumption to efficiently handle the rapid growth in the number of connected mobile devices and the substantial increase in data traffic," says Egon Schulz, Director of the Wireless Innovation Center at Huawei ERC. "Therefore, the new air interface also has to enable the use of higher frequencies – so far unused by cellular communications - for future mobile and wireless systems."
Huawei is a major supplier of products and services that enable high-speed wireless connections in Europe and develops solutions to increase spectrum efficiency for operators.
The consortium partners are investing a total of €27 million in the project over the 2012-2015 period. The European Union is providing €16 million in funding.