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eBOS Participates in SAFE-6G, a New 6G SNS Phase 2, EU-funded Project to Advance 6G Research in Europe

eBOS is proud to announce its participation in a new Phase 2 6G SNS JU (Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking) project co-funded by the EC, titled SAFE-6G, set to research, design and develop innovative solutions for 6G architectures and technologies in Europe.

 The project, which will kick start on the 1st of January 2024 aims to design, develop, and validate a 6G-ready native trustworthiness framework by enabling user-centric safety, security, privacy, resilience, and reliability functions. By utilizing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning techniques to cognitively coordinate and balance these functions, in order to optimize the Level of Trust (LoT), which realizes the trust requirements and data governance policy that each user/tenant/human role specifies, a feature that is considered an essential Key Value Indicator (KVI) for user-centric 6G.

SAFE-6G is amongst the 27 new research, innovation, and trial projects funded by the EC under the 2nd phase of the 6G SNS JU programme. In particular, it addresses the challenge that whilst moving towards an open, distributed, and user-centric evolution of the current core networks, many security challenges and risks arise. The disaggregated heterogeneous cloud continuum in conjunction with softwarization and IT-based infrastructure operations, set the stage for risks and challenges to trustworthiness in the 6G era.

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, with the aim 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 the project:

eBOS’ main technical role is to lead the development and implementation of a Software Defined Perimeter for the first time in a Telecommunications network to maximize network security and safety whilst operating seamlessly with the user-centric 6G Packet Core. Additionally, eBOS will contribute to the development of the User-Centric Distributed 6G Core that will facilitate the Software Defined Perimeter approach for enhanced security and safety.

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, create a continuity for EU players but also provide 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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SAFE-6G 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 101139031.