Nokia will lead second phase of EU 6G project

The European Commission announced the establishment of Hexa-X-II, the second phase of the European 6G flagship project plan. Nokia will be the project leader for Hexa-X-II, having previously led the first Hexa-X project. Hexa-X focuses on a shared vision and possible use cases and technology enablers for 6G in Europe, while Hexa-X-II will create a pre-standardized platform and holistic system view.

Nokia's leadership of Hexa-X and Hexa-X-II shows its commitment to European collaboration as this will work with key ecosystem players to shape the future of communications.

Nokia recently announced that it will lead the Hexa-X-II project, a new phase that will expand the list of Hexa-X partners to 44 organizations tasked with creating pre-standardized views of platforms and systems that will be part of future 6G standardization on the basis of many inputs.

The Hexa-X-II project has been funded by the European Commission as part of the Smart Networks and Services Joint Project (SNS-JU) call. This is an important step in bringing together key industry stakeholders in Europe. Hexa-X and Hexa-X-II aim to make Europe a leader in 6G.

Hexa-X-II represents the entire value chain of future connectivity solutions. Its members range from network providers and communications service providers to vertical industry and technology providers, as well as Europe's most prominent communications research institutes. 

Backed by Hexa-X innovations, the Hexa-X-II Alliance will work to overcome the following challenges:

  • Sustainability: Hexa-X-II will research technologies that help achieve a zero carbon footprint and limit energy and material consumption.
  • Inclusive: Hexa-X-II aims to connect people in developing countries as well as poor members of developed societies.
  • Credibility: Hexa-X-II will ensure the transparency, security and privacy of data and the robustness of the network.

As part of the announcement, Ericsson has assumed the role of technical manager for Hexa-X-II. Orange, TIM SpA, University of Dresden, University of Oulu, IMEC and Atos will help coordinate various work packages such as radio evolution and innovation, future devices and flexible infrastructure, intelligent network management and value, as well as requirements and ecology system.

In addition to Hexa-X-II and Hexa-X, Nokia also leads the German 6G lighthouse project 6G-ANNA, and plays an important role in establishing Horizon Europe's joint enterprise of intelligent networks and services.

The Hexa-X-II project aims to start work on January 1, 2023, with a planned duration of two and a half years.

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