The Silver Award was given to MEVICO’s project for its outstanding results, which will likely influence business decisions for telecommunication operators and provide an edge to European stakeholders. Six new products and ten product improvements were the outcomes of this project.

MEVICO focused on the network aspects of the 3GPP LTE [2]-mobile broadband network and its future evolution. The goal was to contribute to the technical drive and leadership of the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network (3GPP), and thus support the European industry to maintain and extend its strong technical and market position in the mobile networks market.

Artelys contributed to the economical evaluation of the system. New models were set in to make CAPEX/OPEX analyses. Simulations were performed using Artelys Network Designer, helping to decide between different network architectures: a centralized localization of LTE equipment, a more distributed one across a few nodes, or a fully distributed one. A sensitivity analysis was also conducted to evaluate the robustness of the solution.

The MEVICO project was led by Jari Lehmusvuori, Nokia Siemens Networks Oy, Finland. Twenty-three companies from eight countries participated in this project. The total budget was about 15.3 M€.

[1] Celtic-Plus is an industry-driven European research in the area of telecommunications, new media, future Internet, and applications & services.

[2] LTE, an initialism of long-term evolution, marketed as 4G LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. Wikipedia