Europe bets on industrial 6G

According to EURACTIV, an official document titled Component of a global industrial strategy has been published, which describes the main areas of interest for the development of EU industries.

In the leaked report, and regarding 6G, reference is made to a “strategic European partnership” which will involve research and innovation in the field of “intelligent networks and services beyond 5G/towards 6G “, which will involve all Member States strengthening their “European leadership in network technologies”.

In addition, the document mentions the introduction of new standards for technologies such as “Internet of Things, robotics, nanotechnology, microelectronics, 5G, high performance computing, quantum computing and infrastructure digital and critical cloud data”.

“These early 6G research efforts are not necessarily about definitive use cases, but rather about developing thought leadership and maintaining an important voice in the conversation, as standards are slowly developed over time. times and use cases become clearer,” said Malcolm Rogers, senior technology analyst at GlobalData.

“If the EU, or any government, or any major player, takes a full wait-and-see approach, they will eventually have to take what is given from a technological standpoint once the standards have evolved and This might be less than ideal considering certain factors including spectrum used, data security protocols, speed requirements, etc.

In an exclusive comment to Capacitya spokesperson for the European Commission said: “As 5G services are launched in Europe and wider deployment is expected in the coming years, 6G research initiatives are also being launched, in Europe and across the world.

“EU companies have been at the forefront of patented technology components in 5G, and Europe has the ambition to play a leading role.

“Technologies for smart grids and services based on 5G and later 6G will be among the key technologies to respond to the context of technological sovereignty and will be the basis for the digital and green transformation of our society and our economy.

The document goes on to say that following the leak of the draft white paper on artificial intelligence, data will become a valuable resource in the EU’s future AI strategy.

“The growing importance of the data economy (including data ownership), requires the establishment of an appropriate legal framework, which encourages and facilitates the sharing of non-personal data (with safeguarding of commercially sensitive data) while fully respecting data protection standards,” the report said.

“Data availability is a prerequisite for the widespread adoption of digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.”

The document also says it will create a “regulatory framework” that will clarify issues of responsibility, liability, transparency and security in a way “capable of responding to future emerging technologies”.

Paolo Pescatore, technology, media and telecommunications analyst at PP Foresight, added the implications such a project would have in the short and long term.

“A cultural shift is needed with a clear focus on supporting R&D,” he said. “It is certain that the investment will have to be set aside.”

“While this may be costly in the short to medium term, the potential benefits could be enormous in fueling sustainable growth for the region in the future. Essentially, this decision also suggests a desire to create the next group of FAANGs to come from Europe.

In a related section, the report outlines the EU’s plan to level the playing field in the investment space by striking the “right balance between protection and openness”.

The rest of the leaked report also touched on changes to the Digital Services Act, the customs union, combining defense and space policies, pharmaceutical strategy and health data, and the role of industry in the climate and transport.