Europe Pushes 5G


The EU intiative, Metis began their work with next-generation mobile data networks - also called 5G. The network is to be put into operation in 2020 and will be developed by a consortium of 29 different companies. 5G networks will be able to handle 1000 times more data traffic than today's networks.
With the ever-growing mobile traffic worldwide, demand for wireless data networks will increase. To meet future demands and put Europe in a leading position, the EU has launched a European development project called Metis.  Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society, is a consortium of 29 different companies and organizations, including Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, Chalmers and KTH behind the controls. The companies will jointly develop the next generation mobile network that will provide completely different capacity than today's networks.
Metis-financed by the European Commission as an Integrated Project under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7). Europe will account for $16 million of the project's total budget of 27 million dollars.
5G network will be operational in 2020 and will be capable of delivering 1,000 times the volume of traffic and 50 billion connected devices. Another key component of the new 5G network is versatility which networks will be ready for a variety of different types of connected devices.
Metis has - at the time of writing, not released any technical details or specifications of the new 5G network, but when it launches in 2020, we expect much higher transfer rates than the currently impressive 4G networks dish out.