SNS experimental infrastructures

The 3 projects in stream C aim at developing EU-wide experimentation platforms that can incorporate promising technical 6G enablers for their further validation. Key aspects for the projects are the reusability and ability to evolve of the experimental platforms over the lifetime of the SNS programme. Accessibility and openness with well-defined and clearly-documented technological and business interfaces are also considered key assets of the infrastructures to be developed.

Project Mission

The 6G-SANDBOX project brings a complete and modular facility for the European experimentation ecosystem (in line and under the directions set by SNS JU), which is expected to support for the next decade technology and research validation processes needed in the pathway towards 6G. The target is at technologies and research advances, that span over the entire service provisioning chain, and refer to user/data, control and management planes. In this direction, 6G-SANDBOX introduces the concept of Trial Networks, which refers to fully configurable, manageable and controlled end-to-end networks, composed of both digital and physical nodes. The 6G-SANDBOX Trial Networks incorporate infrastructures distributed in EU (namely in Malaga, Athens, Berlin and Oulu) and offer to third parties (including experimenters from open calls) automated experimentation capabilities through a rich and extensible toolbox. Meant to create tangible and long-term impact, the 6G KPIs and KVIs that will be quantified with the facility, will be released to any interested party; while the set of developments and APIs that will be produced, will feed an open repository as an initial step to move the contributions and the lessons learned beyond the project boarders and define a European 6G library.

Participants

  1. KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES BELGIUM, BE
  2. UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA, ES
  3. KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES DENMARK APS, DK
  4. FOGUS INNOVATIONS & SERVICES P.C., EL
  5. INFOLYSIS P.C., EL
  6. BOREAL TECHNOLOGY & INVESTMENTS, ES
  7. TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA, ES
  8. NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH “DEMOKRITOS, EL
  9. COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES AE, EL
  10. NOKIA SPAIN SA, ES
  11. OULUN YLIOPISTO, FI
  12. ICTFICIAL OY, FI
  13. OPENNEBULA SYSTEMS SL, ES
  14. EURESCOM-EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND STRA STUDIES IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS GMBH, DE
  15. ISRD Sp. z o.o., PL
  16. FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV, DE
  17. THE QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST, UK
  18. LENOVO DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, DE

Project Mission

6G networks, currently only existing as concepts, are envisioned as portals to a fully digitized society, where the physical and virtual world are blended via boundless Extended Reality (XR), and also as an enabler for the Digital and Green transformation of the European Industries. To support this vision, the network capacity must be increased at least by an order of magnitude, while infrastructures must be transformed into a very dense continuum. Thus, academia and industry have shifted their attention to the investigation of a new generation of Smart Networks and infrastructures. It is clear that to win this race towards shaping the next-generation communication ecosystem, a new generation of testbed infrastructures and breakthrough research and technology development is needed needed, as well as a new generation of testbeds to support future research initiative. To this end, 6G-BRICKS aims to deliver a new 6G facility, building on the baseline of mature ICT-52 platforms, that bring breakthrough cell-free and RIS technologies that have shown promise for beyond 5G networks. Moreover, novel unified control paradigms based on Explainable AI and Machine Reasoning are explored. All enablers will be delivered in the form of reusable components with open APIs, termed “bricks“. Finally, initial integrations with O-RAN are performed, aiming for the future-proofing and interoperability of 6G-BRICKS outcomes.

Participants

  1. ATHINA-EREVNITIKO KENTRO KAINOTOMIAS STIS TECHNOLOG TIS PLIROFORIAS, TON EPIKOINONION KAI TIS GNOSIS, EL
  2. IQUADRAT INFORMATICA SL, ES
  3. KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, BE
  4. COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, FR
  5. EURECOM, FR
  6. NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS DRESDEN GMBH, DE
  7. ISRD Sp. z o.o., PL
  8. L.M. ERICSSON LIMITED, IE
  9. INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS, EL
  10. FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA, ES
  11. BRAINSTORM MULTIMEDIA SL, ES
  12. SPACE HELLAS ANONYMI ETAIREIA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES TILEPIKOINONIONPLIROFORIKIS ASFALEIAS – IDIOTIKI EPICHEI PAROCHIS YPERISION ASFA, EL
  13. SATWAYS – PROIONTA KAI YPIRESIES TILEMATIKIS DIKTYAKON TILEPIKINONIAKON EFARMOGON ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHINIS EPE, EL
  14. EBOS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED, CY
  15. INTERDIGITAL R&D FRANCE, FR
  16. EKTACOM, FR
  17. ORGANISMOS TILEPIKOINONION TIS ELLADOS OTE AE, EL

Project Mission

6G eXperimental research infRastructure to enable next-generation XR services (6G-XR) will develop an expeerivmoelvnatbaleinfrastructure for the duration of the SNS programme that covers demonstrating the performance of key B5G/6G candidate technologies, components, and architectures to keep the infrastuctures valid now, in midterm and in long-term. It will demonstrate technological feasibility of “better than 5G” KPIs, innovative radio spectrum technologies and the use and sharing applicable to beyond 5G and 6G spectrum, validate a representative end-to-end beyond 5G architecture (and later 6G) including end-to-end service provisioning with slicing capabilities, and at cloud implementation level (Open RAN).
Furthermore, 6G-XR shall validate multi access edge computing scenarios and their integration into a complete cloud continuum, support innovative use cases with vertical actors, beyond 5G capabilities, and support showcasing events. In addition, 6G-XR demonstrates and validates performance of innovative 6G applications with a focus on demanding immersive applications such as holographics, digital twins and XR/VR. 6G-XR will support impactful contribution to standards and demonstrate the technological feasibility of key societal requirements and objectives such as energy reduction at both platform and network levels.

Participants

  1. OULUN YLIOPISTO, FI
  2. TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY, FI
  3. NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY, FI
  4. FUNDACIO PRIVADA I2CAT, INTERNET I INNOVACIO DIGITAL A CATALUNYA, ES
  5. TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA, ES
  6. ALTRAN INNOVACION SL, ES
  7. MATSUKO s.r.o., SK
  8. ERICSSON ESPANA SA, ES
  9. INTERDIGITAL EUROPE LTD, UK
  10. INTEL DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, DE
  11. FUNDACION CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIAS DE INTERACCION VIS COMUNICACIONES VICOMTECH, ES
  12. RAYTRIX GMBH, DE
  13. MARTEL GMBH, CH
  14. INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM, BE
  15. INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES, PT
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