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2003-2004 Work Programme Mobile and Wireless Systems Beyond 3G


To realise the vision of "Optimally Connected Anywhere, Anytime". Early preparatory work has characterized Systems beyond 3G as an horizontal communication model, where different terrestrial access levels and technologies are combined to complement each other in an optimum way for different service requirements and radio environments. They may include the personal level (Personal/Body Area/Ad Hoc Network) the local/home level (W-LAN, UWB) the cellular level (GPRS, UMTS) the wider area level (DxB-T, BWA).

The resulting access landscape is complemented by a satellite overlay network, providing notably a global multicast layer (e.g. S-DMB). Reconfigurability is a key enabler to support such an heterogeneous and generalised wireless access.

Focus is on

  • A Generalised Access Network, including novel air interfaces, based on a common, flexible and seamless all IP (Internet Protocol) infrastructure supporting scalability and mobility.
  • Advanced resource management techniques for the Generalised Access Network allowing optimum usage of the scarce spectrum resource enabling dynamic spectrum allocation and contributing to the reduction of electromagnetic radiation.
  • Global roaming for all access technologies, with horizontal and vertical hand-over and seamless services provision, with negotiation capabilities including mobility, security and QoS based on end to end IPv6 service architecture.
  • Inter-working between access technologies and with the core network at both, service and control planes, including advanced service and composite network management.
  • Advanced architectures that enable reconfigurability at all layers (terminal, network and services)

Research is expected to be placed in a system context and to address the technological breakthrough in support of this conceptual evolution. It should open new social and economic opportunities by allowing full seamless and nomadic user access to new classes of feature rich applications, and new classes of person to person, device to device and device to persons applications.

Outcome expected from this work is

  • A consolidated European approach to technology, systems and services, notably in the field of future standards (e.g. for access), in the international fora (WRC, ITU, 3GPP-IETF, ETSI, DVB.) where the issue of systems beyond 3G is addressed;
  • A consolidated European approach regarding the spectrum requirements (terrestrial and satellites) in the evolution beyond 3G and a clear European understanding of the novel ways of optimising spectrum usage when moving beyond 3G;
  • A consolidated European approach to reconfigurability and to the associated new regulatory problem (notably in terms of security/privacy) entailed by this novel technology.

The satellite parts of the work should be placed in the context of related ESA efforts. Activities on satellite communications is done in coordination with the activities in the thematic priority on "aeronautics and space

Consortia are encouraged to secure support from other sources as well and to build on related national initiatives. Widespread introduction of broadband access will require the involvement of industry, network operators and public authorities, through a wide range of public-private initiatives.

Satellite parts of the work should be clearly placed in the context of related ESA efforts. Activities on satellite communications are carried out in coordination with the activities in the thematic priority on "aeronautics and space".

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