Known telecom groups from Japan and Finland are teaming up for the development of 6G networking. This would have the joint effort focus on research and development of the sixth generation of telecommunications technology to help in setting up standards in a race with China.
According to a NikkeiAsia report, Finland’s telecom equipment maker Nokia, a major player in the industry, will join this effort. Furthermore, Japan’s Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium will also be signing the agreement soon with Finnish group 6G Flagship. Notably, this cooperation was set to be announced earlier today (15th June 2021) at the Global Digital Summit 2021, which is an event organized by Nikkei and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
The joint effort arrives after the 4.5 billion US Dollars commitment from Japan and the US for the development of the next-generation communication technology. This partnership was announced back in April 2021. The combined effort, which is also set to include “third countries” to promote secure connectivity, will help in the competition against China to set global standards.
The beyond 5G Promotion Consortium aims to commercialize 6G technology within the 2030s and will include notable Japanese telecom players like Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, NTT Docomo, KDDI, SoftBank Corp, and Rakuten Mobile. Additionally, the members of the Japanese consortium will engage in joint research projects and personnel exchange as well. This group is also in talks for future collaboration with American telecom suppliers like Cisco and even chipmaker Intel.
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