LTE is rapidly emerging as the dominating 4G standard throughout the world, taking mobile broadband to unprecedented performance levels. The transition into a fully connected networked society, where everything that will benefit from a wireless connection will be connected, has just begun. In this talk, the future of wireless communication for 2020 and beyond will be discussed, starting from the vision of unconstrained access to information and sharing of data available anywhere and anytime to anyone and anything. To realize this vision and address challenges such as massive growth in traffic volume, massive growth in the number of connected devices and a wide range of diverse requirements, new technology components need to be considered. These technology components can either be steps in the evolution of existing wireless-access technologies such as LTE, or be part of new, albeit complementary, access technologies to address specific scenarios. Examples of technology components will be given, as well as the relation between LTE and new complementary radio-access technologies will be discussed.
Stefan Parkvall (senior member, IEEE) is currently a principal researcher at Ericsson Research, working with research on future radio access. He is one of the key persons in the development of HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced radio access. Dr Parkvall is a senior member of the IEEE, co-author of the popular books “3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband” and “4G – LTE/LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband”, and has numerous patents in the area of mobile communication. In 2005, he received the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award and in 2009 he was co-recipient of the prestigious “Stora Teknikpriset” (Sweden’s major technology award) for his work on HSPA. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1996. His previous positions include assistant professor in communication theory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and a visiting researcher at the University of California, San Diego, USA