The federal government wants to support the next generation of mobile communications networks with several hundred million euros. “6G will be the mobile data technology of the future and will revolutionize our communication in the next decade,” said Research Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) Handelsblatt. “We have to think about the day after tomorrow and help shape new key technologies and standards in communication technologies right from the start.”
So that should 6G network funded with around 700 million euros until 2025 become. It will then replace the 5G network from 2030. According to the newspaper, 6G would transfer data more than 100 times faster than 5G – “with great advantages for mobile communication for every single person, but also for our industry and agriculture,” said Karliczek.
6G and XR for home office and production
This opens up new possibilities for collaboration over a distance, not only in everyday office life, but also in production. In medicine, remote treatment is then much easier. The minister also mentions “Extended Reality” (XR) as an example. With 6G and XR, people should be able to be streamed and projected in 3D and high resolution in real time on mobile devices or in rooms.
The high investments are necessary to strengthen the technological sovereignty of Germany and Europe in the long term, it said. The EU also recently started a large 6G initiative with “Hexa-X” and is making 900 million euros available for this. Karliczek and the EU want to reduce the dependency on external network equipment providers and thus avoid debates like the current one about Huawei.
Nokia leads European Hexa-X project
The Finnish telecommunications group Nokia announced the European development project Hexa-X as a 6G flagship initiative together with 21 other companies at the end of 2020. The technical management of Hexa-X is taken over by the Swedish network supplier Ericsson, the mobile operators Telefónica and Orange, the French IT service provider Atos, Siemens and Intel are also involved. The consortium is expected to take about two and a half years to develop the cornerstones for 6G. (with material from dpa) /