6G Pilots and Trials Through Europe

Duration: 01/01/2024 – 31/12/2026   |   Total Funding: € 12,571,341.13

Challenge & Objectives

The evolution of mobile telecommunications that brought us 5G was a success, as demonstrated by the commercially available deployments worldwide leveraging the technology and majorly improving mobile services. These improvements include greater performance, flexibility, and scalability, with benefits for a whole ecosystem of end users, operators, and technology providers. It can then be declared that 3GPP’s Release 15 was the cornerstone for the architectural change that delivered the shift towards the future of mobile networks.

However, now that 5G is somehow a mainstream technology, we must aim for what comes next. This is first assumed as a Beyond 5G (B5G) environment, which may include 5G Advanced networks at first, but will culminate in the ubiquitous 6G that is currently gathering a lot of attention from the research community and industry alike. It is therefore essential that requirements are set and both new and demanding Use Cases (UCs) are specified as means of setting the challenges for 6G and supporting its validation in realistic scenarios.

The 6G-PATH Project aims to foster the development of new technologies supporting 6G, both in close collaboration with other 6G-IA projects and through the process of Open Calls to engage European companies developing innovations for B5G and 6G systems, as well as bringing new UCs and pilot sites to the ecosystem. Such technologies and pilots will be combined in relevant platforms to be used by a set of applications in UCs corresponding to the four verticals where 6G-PATH will be present: Health, Education, Smart Cities and Farming (in line with the Use Case Priority 2 of the Call). Such UCs and their corresponding applications will create demanding requirements from the platforms, thus requiring a proper validation through KPIs and KVIs. The work to be carried out in 6G-PATH involves the refinement of those indicators, which will adopt the work of 3GPP Release 18 as starting basis, to closely align with the standards.

Overall, 6G-PATH will build an extensive B5G/6G infrastructure where a set of core architectures and domain-specific capabilities will be brought together and made available for integration of applications and Use Cases of relevance within the four addressed verticals, to conduct large-scale pilots and trials. The results of these pilots and trials will be collected and analysed in detail, to generate appropriate lessons and requirements for future 6G communications, as well as to identify, characterise and refine leading-edge business models towards the commercialisations and exploitation of 6G use cases and technologies.

eBOS Role in the Project

eBOS is the project Communication Manager (CM) and a technology provider in 6G-PATH. In particular, eBOS will:

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Provide their expertise for leading the development of the experimentation dashboard.

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Lead the development of the northbound APIs for automating the northbound communication and interfacing between the internal/external applications and the experimentation platform of 6G-PATH.

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Lead the Quality Assurance and Risk Management for project deliverables and other project outputs.

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Lead the Dissemination, commercialisation and standardisation Work Package as well as the Dissemination & Communication project tasks: apart from designing and maintaining the project’s website, EBOS will also leverage its wide experience in the market, to contribute to the elaboration of the project’s exploitation and sustainability plans and widely disseminate the project’s results to key associations and technology clusters through its membership (e.g., 6G-IA, SNS JU, AIOTI, BDVA/DAIRO, NGI, NESSI, NetWorld Europe).

6G-PATH project has received funding from the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101139172. Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. https://smart-networks.europa.eu/