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Welcome to the site of the R&D initiatives on " Mobile and personal communications and systems including satellite based systems and services "

Our mission

The Unit E/4 (Mobile and personal communications and systems including satellite based systems and services) focuses on the development of advanced wireless based technologies, systems and networks both terrestrial and satellite based and on the integration of the associated services in a seamless infrastructure ensuring global personal connectivity and access to broadband wireless multimedia communications and services by anyone, from anywhere, at any time.

In particular the work addresses re-configurable radio systems & networks, the objective of which is to lay the foundations for allowing the radio network, including terminals and base stations, to adaptively/automatically adjust to traffic and user requirements. It encompasses work on terrestrial wireless systems and networks, the objective of which is to investigate, develop, test and validate advanced terrestrial wireless systems and architectures (eg. UMTS, MBS, WLAN, MMDS, LMDS etc) and their interworking and interoperation in particular with fixed/broadcasting networks. It includes the development of advanced positioning and navigation concepts and systems, their integration with communications based systems and their overall end-to-end management. The work on satellite systems and services aims to develop, demonstrate and validate novel technologies, architectures and innovative broadband services in the context of satellite-based communication systems with regional or global coverage and integrated where appropriate with terrestrial and satellite based navigation services. Advanced tools and technologies for wireless communications investigate, develop, integrate and validate advanced, the innovative tools and wireless technologies that are necessary to facilitate a mass-market take-up of diversified wireless terminals, networks, services and applications. Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of such technologies in future generation broadband systems and networks, from cellular to broadband fixed radio access and broadband wireless local area networks for both interactive and distributive services.

A key aspect of the work to be undertaken is that of the validation and demonstration of mobile and wireless broadband multimedia technologies and generic services for novel systems and networks. The unit is responsible for all cross programme clustering and concertation activities dealing with the subject of mobile and wireless communications both terrestrial and satellite and will take all initiatives relating to the development of the associated standards. The unit will also undertake all required dissemination and technology transfer measures (conferences, workshops), and will provide the required visibility of the research results in scientific journals.

An essential role of the unit is to provide support to policy related activities conducted by DG INFSO, in the following major areas:

Satellite Telecommunications

  • To support European industry competitiveness in the field of satellite communication systems capable of providing innovative services such as interactive broadband multimedia services and supporting the emergence of a mass market in the downstream sectors, such as terminals, services and applications;
  • To support the development of spectrum efficient systems, with a view to allowing for band sharing and competition between systems and to explore new spectrum capabilities (higher frequency bands) for future longer term systems and to develop supporting technology;
  • To support standardisation activities at regional (e.g ETSI) or world-wide (e.g ITU) level;
  • To support the co-operation mechanisms with third countries, particularly on issues requiring specific concertation and global agreement (e.g. spectrum).

Mobile Telecommunications

  • To support the development of new means to optimise the efficiency both of spectrum and of wireless network usage, thereby providing for capacity enhancements and performance improvements in various geographical environments.
  • To support standardisation activities at regional (e.g ETSI) or world-wide (e.g ITU) level.
  • To support the co-operation mechanisms with third countries, particularly on issues requiring specific concertation and global agreement (e.g. spectrum).

Spectrum

  • To participate in the development of Commission policies relating to both satellite and terrestrial use of spectrum and to notably contribute to Commission and support position papers, Commission decisions, action plans and standardisation mandates (eg. Convergence issues, Euro-communications Act). This support takes the form of a participation in bilateral and multilateral working groups on matters relating to spectrum issues (ETSI, ITU, WRC) including European delegations at regional and international conferences.
  • To support spectrum related studies and activities leading to the definition of the spectrum required for wireless services at European (e.g CEPT) and world-wide (e.g ITU) level (eg Spectrum Green Paper).

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