With this, Nokia aims to speed up the development of essential technologies and innovative applications supported by 6G technology, aiming to meet the future requirements of both the industry and society
The 6G lab will function as a platform for collaboration
The company said the Lab will function as a platform for collaboration among industry stakeholders and facilitate the testing of innovative solutions while establishing their potential for commercialization.
The Lab includes a setup to research ‘Network as a Sensor’ technology that enables the network to sense objects, people and movement without the need for onboard sensors.
The Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & IT, Government of India, Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “The inauguration of the Nokia 6G research lab in Bengaluru today is another step towards PM Narendra Modi’s vision of making India an innovation hub. Interesting use cases coming out of this lab will be related to transportation safety, health care and education which will be another big contribution in the entire Digital India suite.”
Supporting Network as a Sensor Technology
In the 6G era, 'Network as a Sensor' has been identified as a key enabling technology that supports the vision of bringing the digital and physical worlds together. Nokia stated that sensing will be fully integrated into the wireless network and will operate simultaneously with communication services.
The company also said the technology has the potential to enable people to see around corners, gather information about their surroundings, and even interact with objects at a distance.
The Lab will also provide an experimental platform for researching algorithms, privacy, and sustainable system design, according to the release notes.
Nishant Batra, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Nokia said, “Nokia is honored to contribute towards the realization of the Indian government’s ‘Bharat 6G vision’. We look forward to collaborating with key stakeholders to help India become a major player in 6G technology development and adoption; and take its place in the global arena as a leading developer and supplier of advanced telecom technologies and solutions.”
Nokia's expansion towards 6G
Nokia is engaged in several global projects and regional initiatives with industry peers, customers, academia, and research institutions. The company aims to form a common view and direction for 6G, including 6G Hexa-X and Hexa-X-II, the first and second phase of the European 6G Flagship.
Notably, It is also a founding member of the Next G Alliance which is helping to drive the 6G ecosystem in North America and coordinating the German Lighthouse project 6G ANNA.