Nokia to lead major German 6G project

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By Nick Flaherty

Nokia is leading a major German 6G lighthouse project.

The €38.4m 6G-ANNA project brings together 34 organisations to drive 6G research and standardization over the next three years.

Within the project on 6G Access, Network of Networks, Automation & Simplification (6G-ANNA), Nokia will focus on designing an end-to-end 6G architecture and work with other project partners on three key technology areas: 6G access, network of networks, and automation and simplification. Selected topics such as sub-networks, XR, and real-time digital twins will be implemented and presented as proof of concepts.

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Other partners in 6G-ANNA include Airbus, Bosch, Ericsson, Rohde & Schwarz, Siemens and Vodafone as well as the Fraunhofer research institutes and 16 German universities. Nokia is already part of the pan-Europe Hexa-X 6G project which started last year.

The aim of 6G-ANNA is to develop a holistic design for 6G that includes a closed end-to-end architecture. It will look at the basics of radio access are first examined and innovative protocols and signal processing algorithms, followed by the investigation of corresponding network management and orchestration approaches. 

The aim is to simplify and improve the interaction between people, technology and the environment with new sensors and algorithms for detecting human movements as well as digital twins of complex machines in production can be precisely mapped so that they can be controlled remotely. 

Another focus is the investigation of 6G as a “network of networks” where different closed networks are flexibly connected. The focus here is on security aspects and resilience. 

The funding comes from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with an aim of strengthening and pushing German and European 6G agendas and driving global pre-standardization activities from a German and European perspective. 6G-ANNA is part of the larger “6G Platform German” national initiative.

In addition, Nokia will interact with the German ecosystem, including four academic “6G Hubs” with more than 60 university chairs. Beyond Germany, 6G-ANNA aims to interact with other major 6G flagship projects in Europe and the U.S. to shape global 6G standards.

 “We are honoured to lead 6G-ANNA, the most important government-funded 6G lighthouse project in Germany. 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,;

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