Project Structure

The project integration will pursue a two fold approach: Horizontal Topics and Technology Components. This two-dimensional structure will ensure that the project responds to the expected future needs and has the agility to adapt to unforeseen market, societal, technical and economical aspects of the studies.

The Horizontal Topics (HTs) ensure that the global challenges and system aspects are addressed appropriately and also ensure interaction and coordination across WPs for system-level functionality.

Work Packages (WPs) perform research in relevant areas and develop the technology components. The Work Packages are subdivided into Tasks, which perform more specific research of selected topics. Work Package Leaders (WPLs) are responsible for WP management. The project consists of the following eight Work Packages:

  • WP1: Scenarios, Requirement & Key Performance Indicators
  • WP2: Radio Link Concepts
  • WP3: Multi-node/Multi-antenna Transmissions
  • WP4: Multi-RAT/Multi-Layer Networks
  • WP5: Spectrum
  • WP6: System Design and Performance
  • WP7: Dissemination, Standardisation and Regulations
  • WP8: Project Management

Description of the WPs

WP1: Scenarios, Requirements and Key Performance Indicators

The main objective of WP1 is to support other WPs activity toward developing the system concept realizing METIS overall goals; provide a scenario framework that will be used in other technology-research and concept-development WPs; conduct propagation measurement and modeling for system-level simulations in other WPs; provide a proof-of-concept enabling the HTs by means of test-bed.  WP1 is led by DOCOMO Euro Labs and is divided into the following tasks:

  • T1.1: Scenarios, Requirements and KPIs
  • T1.2: Propagation
  • T1.3: Test-bed

WP2: Radio-Link Concepts

The main objective of WP2 is to develop and investigate new radio link concepts addressing the needs of future applications arising from the scenarios and use cases identified by WP1, create an understanding of the implications for the overall system design; efficient support of a broad range of diverse services. WP2 is led by Huawei and is divided into the following tasks:

  • T2.1: Flexible air interface design
  • T2.2: New Waveforms, Modulation, Coding and Transceiver design
  • T2.3: Multiple Access, MAC and RRM


WP3: Multi-node/Multi-antenna Transmissions

The main objective of WP3 is to design multi-node/multi-antenna technologies to achieve the performance and capabilities targets for future wireless communication systems. WP3 is led by Alcatel Lucent and is divided into the following tasks:

  • T3.1: Multi-antenna/ Massive MIMO
  • T3.2: Advanced inter-node coordination
  • T3.3: Multi-hop communications & wireless network coding


WP4: Multi-RAT/Multi-Layer Networks

The main objective of WP4 is to investigates network-level aspects related to the efficient deployment, operation and optimization of beyond 4G systems. The focus is on heterogeneous multi-layer and multi-RAT deployments. WP4 is led by Nokia Siemens Networks and is divided into the following tasks:

  • T4.1: Co-existence, Collaboration and Interference Management
  • T4.2: Demand, Traffic and Mobility Management
  • T4.3: Functional Network Enablers


WP5: Spectrum

The main objective of WP5 is to investigate ways to enable and secure sufficient access to spectrum for the future METIS wireless communications system by developing innovative spectrum-sharing concepts. WP5 is led by Nokia and is divided into the following tasks:

  • T5.1: Frequency-band Analysis and Scenarios for the Future Wireless Communications System
  • T5.2: Flexible Spectrum Access, Coexistence and New Enablers for the METIS Radio Access

WP6: System Design and Performance

The main objective of WP6 is to develop roadmap for coordination of METIS and LTE, investigate architectural concepts supporting the Horizontal Topics, develop the METIS concept from the Horizontal Topics, and ensure evaluation of the concept with respect to KPIs. WP6 is led by Ericsson and is divided into the following tasks:

  • T6.1: System Architecture Concepts
  • T6.2: Evaluation Methods, Simulator Calibration and Simulations
  • T6.3: Overall System Integration and Evaluation


WP7: Dissemination, Standardisation and Regulations

The main objective of WP7 is to coordinate discussions with external research fora, coordinate input to standards and regulatory bodies, arrange workshops and ensure that results are exploited. WP7 is led by Ericsson.

WP8: Project Management

WP8 is responsible for the overall management and administration. In particular, WP8 is responsible for the administration, coordination and IT support in the project. This work includes all legal, contractual, and financial areas of the project. WP8 is led by Ericsson.