EU to invest €900m in 6G research

The European Commission has announced it will invest €900m into 5G deployment and 6G research as part of a new technology R&D strategy to run until 2027.

A new pan-European partnership on ‘Smart Networks and Services’ will co-ordinate research activities on 6G technology under Horizon Europe programme, as well as 5G deployment initiatives under the Connecting Europe Facility digital programme from 2021-27.

Intended to launch this autumn, the partnership has set a variety of key objectives. This includes “fostering Europe’s technological sovereignty in 6G by implementing the related research and innovation programme, leading to conception and standardisation around 2025.”

Other objectives include preparation for early market adoption of 6G by the end of the decade, as well as boosting 5G deployment in Europe “in view of developing digital lead markets, including cross-border work to ensure interoperability between all 27 EU member states.”

The European Commission also revealed that the public funding will be matched by the private sector leading to a total investment of at least €1.8bn, which the EU said “can be expected to leverage broader R&I investments in Europe in the order of €10bn”.

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