A group of leading telecommunications companies have launched the eMobility Technology Platform for wireless communications through a European Commission-backed project to boost the development of new technology in Europe.
The platform is designed to enhance co-operation amongst industry players, including the research community and public authorities, as well as the European Commission.
The project is being backed by 15 telecom equipment suppliers, component makers and operators, including Alcatel, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, France Telecom, H3G, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Thales, TIM, Telefónica Móviles and Vodafone, in collaboration with European academics.
The overall objective of the platform is to drive future technology development in mobile and wireless communications in a way that best serves Europe's citizens and the European economy.
The eMobility Technology Platform supports the EC's revamped Lisbon Strategy, which seeks to deliver a competitive and knowledge-based society in Europe using IT.
The eMobility initiative comes as countries such as China and Korea are ramping up their research and development investments in the mobile and wireless fields.
Magnus Madfors, chairman of the eMobility steering board, said, “Mobile and wireless communications have been instrumental in generating economic growth. Europe has been leading this development, as a result of the scale of the EU market, a consistent regulatory approach, and considerable R&D investment.”
The initiative is aimed at developing large-scale European approaches to system research and development as well as to wireless services and applications in the context of digital convergence.
"The eMobility Technology Platform will define and implement a comprehensive research agenda in the mobile and wireless sector,” said Madfors.