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eBOS Participates in 6G4Society, a New EU-funded Project to Advance 6G Research in Europe

eBOS proudly announces its participation in the project titled 6G4Society from the latest Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) call for proposals. This project is set to develop a sustainable and accepted 6G for society.

eBOS is excited to embark on its new SNS JU project, 6G4Society, which is set to commence on January 1st, 2024. The project aims to address the tension existing between two parallel needs in terms of technological development of 6G such as i) securing technology performance objectives, and; ii) ensuring that societal and sustainable values are properly embedded into technology. This will be done by engaging all key stakeholders within the Smart Networks and Services (SNS) ecosystem, but also by embracing civil society players, regulators, policy makers, media, and the public at large, to ensure correct and clear information about the expected impacts 6G technology will produce and induce is elaborated and disseminated.

Therefore, 6G4Society will apply methodologies from ethics, legal and social science and humanities (SSH) perspectives, allowing to comprehend socio-cultural aspects and mechanisms behind 6G technology and laying the foundation for responsible research and innovation (RRI) of 6G technology. Based on these methodologies, 6GSociety will provide methods, models, guidelines, policy options, and operation recommendations to develop sustainable and socially accepted 6G technology and applications. The 6G4Society results (including a Technology Acceptance Model for 6G technology, a framework of Key Sustainability Indicators, a policy brief, and an operation brief) will be validated with all 6G-SNS JU projects by adopting public and user engagement methodology, as well as by involving the 6G-IA Working Groups and its connected projects.

To achieve these ambitious objectives, the 6G4Society project is composed of a consortium with heterogeneous skills and competence, ranging from SSH and RRI, technology, networking coordination and management, and communication and stakeholder engagement. The consortium has large experience in 5G-PPP/6G-IA projects and initiatives, and its partners have links with more than 20% of the current JU 6G-SNS initiatives, ensuring strong cooperation to achieve objectives.

6G4Society is the winner of the SNS Societal Challenges topic, and one of the new 27 research, innovation, and trials projects financed by SNS JU that will commence operations as of January 1, 2024. All the projects represent a significant step towards advancing smart networks and services, offering breakthrough innovations, experimental platforms and large-scale trials, driving world-class research and shaping the world’s digital connected future.

With this second call for proposals, the SNS JU is moving towards more detailed design and system optimisation while integrating micro-electronics and sustainability as key dimensions. The aim is to build first-class 6G technology capacities across Europe, to strongly contribute to the standardisation efforts.

Overview of the new SNS JU Project Portfolio

Each of the winning projects explores innovative approaches, spanning a comprehensive spectrum of 6G domains. Assessed by an evaluation committee, composed of independent external experts, the proposals were evaluated based on the criteria of excellence, impact, and quality and efficiency of the implementation. The diverse array of projects ensures a multifaceted approach to addressing 6G challenges and promises a wide range of innovative solutions:

1
System Architecture:

Strengthening the underlying structure of 6G networks for increased robustness, adaptability, and efficiency.

2
Wireless Communication Technologies and Signal Processing:

Exploring advances like Terahertz communications and integrated communication-sensing paradigms.

3
Communication Infrastructure Technologies and Devices:

Fortifying and expanding the physical and virtual infrastructure to support the new 6G technologies.

4
Reliable Services and Smart Security:

Ensuring a secure transition to 6G that prioritises user data protection and privacy.

5
Microelectronics-based Solutions for 6G Networks:

Development and validation of advanced microelectronics solutions for 6G networks.

6
EU-US 6G R&I Cooperation:

Promoting synergies across industries, academic institutions, and regulatory bodies for holistic 6G development.

7
Complementary SNS experimental Pan-EU federated Infrastructure:

Establishment and expansion of a Pan-EU experimental infrastructure for 6G, aiming to validate end-to-end 6G architectures.

8
SNS Societal Challenges:

Addressing broader societal implications of 6G to ensure that technological advancements align with societal needs and benefits.

9
SNS Large Scale Trials and Pilots with Verticals:

Transposing 6G technologies into real-world applications across sectors like connected and automated mobility, healthcare, smart cities, education and farming.

The EU funding for this new portfolio under the Horizon Europe programme is EUR 130 million. The opening of the third SNS call for proposals is planned for January 2024, with publication of the 2024 R&I Work Programme expected this November.

Role of eBOS in 6G4Society:

1

Lead the efforts on the work implemented under Work Package (WP) 4, in regard to the communication, dissemination, exploitation, and standardisation activities of the project, which deals with all the activities that maximise the impact of the project outcomes

2

Lead the efforts on the exploitation and sustainability of the project, by setting up a continuous market and research watch, and a techno-business-societal assessment of the opportunities for 6G4Society portfolio, as well as ensuring the future exploitation and deployment of the project results

3

Lead the quality and risk management activities, by providing ongoing mitigation strategies and planning

4

Participate in consumer associations and other events, and promote the project

5

Contribute to synergy planning with 6G Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) and other initiatives

6

Support the coordination with 6G initiatives towards Technology Acceptance Model, and a Common Key Sustainability Indicators Framework

About SNS JU

The European Smart Networks and Services JU (SNS JU) is a Joint Undertaking established in 2021 by the European Union Council Regulation No 2021/2085. This EU Partnership is jointly led by the EU Commission and the 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA). The mix of public and industry interest makes the Smart Network and Services Joint Undertaking the right platform for collaboration and the right instrument to foster world-class research and innovation on next-generation networks and services. The SNS JU two-pillar approach, in support of 5G deployment and for advanced research of 6G systems, creates a continuity for EU players but also provides tangible financial support to best research, SMEs and industry to strengthen the EU supply chain side. The SNS JU fosters alignment and synergies with Member States on 6G Research and Innovation Programmes and favour international cooperation.

The SNS JU aims to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards sustainable, resilient, and climate-neutral network infrastructures and services. The combined EU funding for the first and second call of the SNS JU under the Horizon Europe programme is of around EUR 380 million.

For more information about the SNS JU, please visit https://smart-networks.europa.eu.

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6G4Society 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 Grand Agreement No 101139070.