Mobile and Personal Communications: Acts and Beyond
In Europe, Mobile and Personal Communications have always been considered a key driver for growth and innovation, as well as being a necessary building block of the Wireless Information Society. Since 1988, European Union (EU)-funded RD projects have been working towards the development of the next generations of mobile communication concepts, systems and networks.
The ACTS (Advanced Communications Technologies and Services) Programme, launched in 1995 and extending until 1998, provides a first opportunity to master and trial mobile and personal communications services and technologies, involving service providers, communications operators and equipment manufacturers.
From the user’s perspective, the ACTS programme strives to ensure that current mobile services are extended to include multimedia and broadband services, that access to services is possible without regard to the underlying networks, and that convenient, light weight, compact, and power efficient terminals adapt automatically to whatever air-interface parameters are appropriate to the user’s location, mobility, and desired services.
Well into the last half of the ACTS programme, it is time to make a first assessment of the progress relating to three aspects of R&D on Third Generation Mobile and Personal Communication Systems, namely future mobile/wireless services, mobile/wireless platforms, and enabling technologies.
At the same time, it becomes necessary to start looking ahead towards the next R&D programme, specially in the area of Mobile and Personal Communications. In the next Framework Programme, highlighting the need to continue if not intensify its support to Mobile and Personal Communications and the associated advanced technologies, services and applications.
KeywordsMobile Terminal Universal Mobile Telecommunication System Universal Mobile Telecommunication System Mobile Communication System Personal Communication Service
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