We are committed to the 5G evolution towards 6G
Every ten (nowadays eight) years a new mobile network generation is popping up. But the 5th generation of mobile communications is quite different from the previous generations and a lot of promises and expectations are related to it. For the first time, this is a pure software-based network that, per definition, could be changed and evolved. So we are convinced that 6G will mainly be an evolution of 5G but with disruption originating from the inclusion of terahertz communications.
6G is currently associated with new business and operation models, green ICT considerations, more agile network deployments and run-time optimizations based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, closer RAN-Core integration due to end-to-end virtualization, non-terrestrial network integration, as well as terahertz communication paving the way for new potentialities in the context of sensing and data capacities as a new 6G RAN technology.
We will consider all this regarding our international R&D activities. Fraunhofer FOKUS is part of the 6G SENTINEL lighthouse project, an effort by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to launch a lead project to develop key technologies for the upcoming 6G mobile communications standard.
Beginning in August, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the establishment of four hubs for research into the future technology 6G with up to 250 million euros. Fraunhofer FOKUS will be involved in two of them over the next four years: the "6G Research and Innovation Cluster" (6G-RIC) and the Open6GHub.
Please watch out for the Open5GCore roadmap and look for our future releases aiming to enable, from the beginning of 2022, applied “becoming 6G-ready” research.
Stay tuned and, in the meantime, check out our testbeds, toolkits, and further activities at: