Trends for the Near Future

It is often said that to understand the future, one has to understand the past. The roadmap of 3G has so far been a very complex concoction of politics, needs and technology; and this is unlikely to change in the near future; the grand vision, however, has always been to design a worldwide common wireless communication system that would provide highest possible data rates anywhere and anytime. A contending of technologies and associated intellectual property rights (IPR) thus began which resulted in the submission of one terrestrial indoors system, nine terrestrial systems, and six satellite systems. While the 90's saw the Release '99 crystallising, today we are already discussing Release 6. This chapter will ask what are all these trends about? And most importantly, are the techniques exposed in this book applicable to those future radio access network evolvements?

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