Nokia will lead a collaboration with 29 partners in a German nationally-funded 6G pilot research and standardization project.
Called 6G-ANNA, the project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the goal will be to push both German and European 6G agendas as well as global pre-standardization activities. The 6G-ANNA project is part of a larger 6G platform German initiative, which has budget of $38.5 million over the next three years for 6G R&D.
“While the first 6G networks are not expected to be commercially available before 2030, we are already laying the technical foundation with 5G-Advanced, as well as long-term innovation that will drive 6G developments,” said Peter Merz, head of Nokia Standards.
Nokia will work with the consortium — that includes academia, research institutes and industry vendors — and will focus on designing end-to-end 6G architecture and work with other project partners on key areas including:
- 6G access
- Network of networks
- Automation and simplification
Topics Nokia will focus on will include sub networks, extended reality (XR) and real-time digital twinning as proof of concepts.
Additionally, as part of the project Nokia will interact with four academic 6G hubs that contain 60 university chairs and outside of Germany will interact with other major 6G flagship projects in Europe and the U.S. to shape global 6G standards.