Challenges and Mission

Broadband Capacity is Growing Faster than Network Capacity

Traffic volume in networks (both fixed and wireless) has been continually growing by 30 to 50 percent per year for more than ten years due to the increasing use of IP-based services. There is no end in sight to this trend. On the contrary, peer-to-peer services and applications such as IPTV, Second Life or YouTube can only continue and strengthen this development.

Over-Proportional Increase

According to current predictions, the number of mobile-phone clients will double by the end of 2015, reaching 5 billion, and the amount of data transferred will increase approximately one-hundredfold. This means an increase of between 60 to 70 percent annually. All experts in the field anticipate that the present broadband network and the developments planned for the coming years will not be able to cover the immense growth in traffic volume in landline and mobile networks.

The Market Demands Optimised Multimedia Services

Multimedia is one of the key components in information technology as images, video, language, sound and additional data are being used for an increasing number of services in the office, in the home and in public areas.

The vision of multimedia services for everyone at any location and at any time is also the driving force behind the F & E activities of the experts at the Heinrich Hertz Institute.

The Mission of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

The meaningful shaping of the world of information and communication demands fundamental answers to the question of how an information society, which aspires to fair and equal access opportunities to communication for all participants, can be brought into being.

The Heinrich Hertz Institute sees itself as being in a position of responsibility in this regard.