METIS-II's project focuses on the part of future communication networks called the “radio access network”. The Radio Access Network is that part of a (mobile) network that enables the communication between terminals user equipment and the “core network” (that is the central part of a network providing services). The project provides the solutions to build the radio network "5G" which are needed for an efficient integration and use of the various 5G technologies and components.

METIS-II introduces a holistic view of the future radio system and provides the 5G collaboration framework within the 5G-PPP consortium with a common evaluation of 5G radio access network concepts. METIS-II works on research topics to build the future 5G system aiming to integrate into a single system all the different applications that are foreseen for 5G.

 The METIS-II demo at the Mobile World Congress 2016 (European Commission pavilion - Hall 4 at the Congress Square) has two parts:

  • Visualisation: This demo shows in an interactive way some possible 5G applications, so as to give users a real feeling of what will happen when 5G will come into life. The demo is very important for 5GPPP projects since it is an open platform able to visualize the innovations studied also outside METIS-II project.
  • Hardware: two strong candidates for new waveforms are used (the waveform is what carries data through the air). This demo shows the impact of these waveforms, when there is not synchronicity between transmitters, which is of special relevance for car to car communications. The demo shows that a proper fitting of waveforms in a software-defined framework would permit increasing the range of communication between cars, paving the way for the real development of collision avoidance messages.

METIS-II could facilitate the standardization of the new 5G system and the roll-out that will follow the standardization phase. This will happen in the next few years, also considering some important milestones that are targeted by the major players in the sector, such as the Winter Olympics games in Korea in 2018 and the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020. Of course, the real full deployment of the new system could be quicker in some areas than in others, and will depend on the strategies of all the players in the telecommunications arena.

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