i2CAT’s vision, perspective and event on 6G
The i2CAT Foundation actively participates in the 6G Smart Networks and Services (SNS) Joint Undertaking (JU), the Horizon Europe-funded R&D European programme directed at designing and facilitating technologies for the next generation of mobile networks.
i2CAT was awarded 6 projects within the first call of the 6G SNS JU (2023-2025) and another 4 within the second call of the programme (2024-2026), guaranteeing its active participation in the four large Streams that define the research programme. With 10 active projects, i2CAT keeps consolidating its role as a key actor in the European 6G research arena.
The communications industry has set the ambitious goal to deliver 6G networks by 2030. 6G is expected to be a key enabling technology that will help realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and the twin green and digital transition envisioned by the European Commission. To meet this ambitious goal, 6G research and development activities have already started.
As a research and innovation technology center focused on digital technologies, i2CAT is determined to contribute to building 6G.
Motivated by this context, in this White Paper, we introduce i2CAT’s view on the future 6G system and we highlight the key technical areas where i2CAT will focus its 6G R&D efforts in the upcoming years. We also describe a set of key R&D assets that will help us maximize the impact of our 6G research.
These assets take the form of capabilities, experimental tools, and facilities that i2CAT has developed over recent years through a very strong research, development, and innovation activity around 5G.