Nokia has been announced as the project leader for Hexa-X, the European Commission’s 6G flagship initiative for research into the next generation of wireless networks.
The project aims to create unique 6G use cases and scenarios, develop fundamental 6G technologies and define a new architecture for an intelligent fabric that integrates key 6G technology enablers.
Peter Vetter, head of access and devices research, Nokia Bell Labs, said, “Even though there is still a lot of innovation in 5G with the release of new standards, we are already exploring 6G in our research lab. 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.”
The Hexa-X project has been awarded funding from the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, a significant step toward bringing together key industry stakeholders in Europe to take the lead in advancing 6G.
The stakeholders represent the full value-chain of future connectivity solutions ranging from network vendors, communication service providers, verticals, and technology providers, as well as the most prominent European communications research institutes.
Nokia said it expects 6G systems to launch commercially by 2030, following the typical 10-year cycle between generations.