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Strategic European partnership on Smart Networks and Services to boost 5G deployment and 6G research activities

 The European Commission has adopted its legislative proposal for a strategic European partnership on Smart Networks and Services as a Joint Undertaking, with a public R&I investment of 900 M€ over the new long-term budget period 2021-2027. The Joint Undertaking will coordinate research activities on 6G technology under Horizon Europe and 5G deployment initiatives under the Connecting Europe Facility Digital and other programmes.

Senior Project Manager Pekka Torvinen at Spinverse says: ”Smart Networks and Services funding instrument offers a great opening to build projects focused on strong European telecommunications industry and ecosystems. The proposed project topics can range from research-intensive projects to demonstrations and trials with different industry verticals. This offers unique opportunities for many organisations in different fields when developing and testing technologies beyond 5G."

The budget over the next seven years will allow for the strategic planning and implementation of a truly roadmap-based 6G research programme. The public funding of 900 M€ by the Commission will be topped up by the private sector, leading to a total investment of at least 1.8 B€, which can be expected to leverage broader R&I investments in Europe in the order of 10 B€.

Overview
The public-private Joint Undertaking for Smart Networks and Services has two objectives, namely:

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Close to 10 B€ for new European partnerships to boost digital transition and greener Europe

The European Union has proposed to set up ten new European Partnerships with total investments of almost 10 B€ for the green and digital transition. Their goal is to accelerate the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe and increase the resilience and competitiveness of European industry. In addition to funding research initiatives, the partnerships will also fund industrial investments for pilots, demonstrations and first-of-their-kind flagships.

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