Vodafone not part of European 6G research project
Hexa-X has been awarded funding from the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program although the amount of money was not disclosed. The Hexa-X is due to start on January 1 and last for 30 months.
The project has the goal of developing fundamental 6G technologies, such as schemes for communications at frequencies above 100GHz and architectures for networks of networks as well as creating use case exemplars.
It comprises a consortium of 22 companies and universities. Notable commercial participants besides Ericsson and Nokia, include Intel, Siemens, Telefonica, Telecom Italia Mobile and Orange but not Vodafone, which is a UK headquartered communications service provider. The UK will have left the European Union and the transitionary period will have expired by the start of the project.
In addition, CEA-Leti is part of the program but not IMEC. IMEC launched its own 6G communications research program recently (see IMEC launches 6G communications research program).
The Hexa-X partners includes a full mix of network vendors, communication service providers, technology providers and European communications research institutes.
Nokia is leading the 6G joint research and pre-standardization process and Nokia Bell Labs is already researching the fundamental technologies that will comprise 6G. Ericsson is listed as the technical coordinator for the research.
Next: 2030 horizon
Nokia expects 6G systems to launch commercially by 2030, following the typical 10-year cycle between generations.
“In the 6G era we will see applications that will not only connect humans with machines but also connect humans with the digital world. Such a secure and private connection can be used for preventive healthcare or even to create a 6G network with a sixth sense that intuitively understands our intentions, making our interactions with the physical world more effective and anticipating our needs, thereby improving our productivity,” said Peter Vetter, Head of Access and Devices Research, Nokia Bell Labs.
Nokia has identified six research challenges fundamental to 6G wireless communications under the following headings: connecting intelligence, network of networks, sustainability, global service coverage, extreme experience and trustworthiness.
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