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P1145
4G - the next frontier
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Harald Johansen
Senior Programme Manager
EURESCOM
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Study about?

Third generation (3G) mobile networks are on their way. According to current plans first 3G networks will become operational from mid 2001 onwards. They will be conformant to 3GPP Release 99 and rely on the 2G network architecture, however, with a new radio interface. Further releases of the 3GPP standard are expected to reflect the evolution of technology, both with respect to an evolution of the core network and an integration of alternative wireless access networks as e.g. Hiperlan/2. The network evolution is directed towards an All-IP core network, with a vision of an All-IP network up to the terminal. Whilst network operators and service providers now are concentrating on deploying 3G networks and the development of business models, applications and services, systems suppliers and vendors are now turning their attention to next generation (4G) mobile systems. Two main areas are addressed in these initiatives: An increase of capacity in the radio link and seamless mobility across heterogeneous access networks. Not to leave such initiatives unmatched, the forming question for this Study is:

"What visions do network operators and service providers see for the evolution of mobile systems beyond 3G and where is future research from their perspective necessary?"

Objectives

The main objectives of this Study are to:

  • Identify initiatives that will have an impact on the development of the next generation (4G) mobile systems and assess these from a network operator and service provider perspective.
  • Paint a broad picture of customer needs and preferences with respect to a 4G network and make a first classification of service capabilities to be foreseen by a 4G system thereby identifying the benefits of such services to customers
  • Outline a vision for how network operators and service providers would prefer to see a seamless evolution of mobile systems beyond 3G, keeping in mind the heavy 3G investments now being done
  • Establish a potential roadmap for the evolution from 3G to 4G
  • Identify where future research from a network operator and service provider perspective is necessary and should concentrate. (Potential research areas could be high data rate access, advanced mobility management, broadband service, etc.)
  • Propose areas that should be addressed by future EURESCOM Work Programmes
  • For consideration:
  • Assess topics relevant for 4G development (to be put in concrete terms still for the final proposal)
  • Evaluate technical and economical benefits
  • Determine the impact on current or to be rolled out networks
  • Propose further activities, e.g. EURESCOM projects

What are the key results of this Project?

An identification of where the future research from a network operator and service provider perspective is necessary and should concentrate.

Proposals for themes (or topical areas) that should be addressed by future EURESCOM Work Programmes.

Project Results
Deliverable Title  No Planned issue date
Perspectives for research on next generations mobile systems  D1 Published November 2001