Vodafone not part of European 6G research project

December 07, 2020 // By Peter Clarke
Vodafone not part of European 6G research project
Nokia Oyj is the project leader of the European Commission's flagship Hexa-X research project on 6G wireless communications, which does not include the UK's Vodafone plc

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.

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