Nokia today announced that it is
partnering with DOCOMO and NTT to jointly define and develop key
technologies towards 6G. The collaboration will focus on two
proof-of-concepts for emerging 6G technologies: an AI native air
interface and sub-THz radio access. These aim to demonstrate a
performance gain with an AI based 6G air interface compared to a
conventional air interface, and to show that high-data rate
beamformed access can be achieved in a high frequency band at 140
Nokia and DOCOMO have a long history of pioneering research that
brings new wireless technologies to life. Starting with 3G in the
1990s, to 4G, and to today’s 5G including collaboration in 5G O-RAN,
the companies have turned ideas into implementations and pushed
boundaries to create optimized experiences for end users. With this
announcement, Nokia, DOCOMO and NTT will continue to shape next
generation technologies together.
Nokia believes 6G will not just build on existing technologies and
systems but expand and transform what a network can do. It will fuse
the human, physical and digital worlds to liberate our innate human
potential. To achieve it, Nokia has envisioned six key technologies
that will be vital components of future 6G networks. Those include
new spectrum technologies, AI native air interface, network as a
sensor, extreme connectivity, cognitive, automated and specialized
architectures, and security and trust.
Among the six key technology components, the initial focus of the
partnership is to demonstrate the benefits of AI-based learned
waveform in the transmitter with a deep learning receiver in the
mid-band, as well as to test high data rate indoor communications in
the sub-THz band. These technologies have the potential to
substantially improve deployment flexibility and to increase network
throughput beyond that of 5G in the respective spectrum bands and
without necessarily increasing energy consumption. Providing
high-rate access will be important in enabling enhanced and new use
cases in the 6G era, such as multi-modal mixed-reality telepresence
and remote collaboration, massive twinning and collaborating robots.
The plan is to set up environments for experiments and
demonstrations in DOCOMO and NTT premises in Japan and Nokia
premises in Stuttgart, Germany, and to begin performing the desired
tests and measurements in 2022 - Nokia.
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