Finland-based telecommunications provider Nokia is to lead a new German 6G project called 6G-ANNA, which will deliver technologies that “augment human potential”.
The project is part of a larger initiative from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research called ‘6G Platform German’, with over €38 million in funding for activities over three years. During this time, Nokia will collaborate with 29 partners – including subject matter experts, start-ups, research institutes, and distinguished universities in Germany – to lead 6G research and standardisation.
Within the project, Nokia will focus on designing an end-to-end 6G architecture and work in three key technology areas: 6G access, network of networks, and automation and simplification.
“We are honoured to lead 6G-ANNA, the most important government-funded 6G lighthouse project in Germany,” said Peter Merz, head of Nokia Standards. “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.”
According to Nokia, 6G will blend the human, physical and digital worlds to “liberate our innate human potential”.