Standardization of 3rd Generation (3G) mobile communication systems has produced the first specification releases and the commercial deployment of the 3G systems has started. Whereas 1G and 2G focused on efficiently providing voice services, in 3G a lot of attention has been devoted to solutions that support both Circuit Switched (CS) and Packet Switched (PS) communication. That has called for very flexible air interface and network solutions. 3G will continue to evolve and there are already on-going standardization activities that will, for example, boost the peak data rates up to 5-10 Mbps and improve spectral efficiency by 2-4 times. In the future, 3G evolution will be going towards 10/100 Mbps peak data rates in wide/local are coverage, respectively. This will take place partly because of technical improvements of 3G radio interface solutions, but also due to network evolution which will allow the integration other radio access methods like radio LANs into the 3G system. In longer term the 3G network evolution will be going towards ALL-IP networks. As 3G evolution seems to be going towards 10 Mbps/100 Mbps peak data rates and ALL-IP networks any beyond 3G air interface or network solution should be clearly better in order to justify its technical and commercial feasibility. Given the long evolution time of 3G and integration of other radio access schemes with 3G radio we may not even see a new, complete beyond 3G system being developed. Maybe we will just witness the emergence of a new, more advanced radio access solution which will then be connected to the evolving 3G network. As 3G evolution will continue for several years to come the research targets for any beyond 3G solutions must be set very high. When it comes to air interface, we should aim at 100 Mbps peak data rates for wide area access with high mobility, and at 1 Gbps for local area access with low mobility. Regarding possible commercial launches of any beyond 3G systems or solutions they could then take place around year 2010 or even later.