Press Release:

ENABLE-6G Project Launched to Unlock the

Potential of Future 6G Networks


Madrid, Spain – 24 April 2023

The IMDEA Networks Institute, in collaboration with Telefonica I+D, NEC Europe and BluSpecs, is proud to announce the launch of the ENABLE-6G project. Led by the IMDEA Networks Institute, one of the leading innovation and development centres in Spain, this ambitious project will oversee the future technology requirements for the European UNICO-6G projects. The ENABLE-6G project aims to address the challenges that face future 6G networks including increased connectivity, higher performance demands, advanced object and environment sensing, precise localization, and increased privacy concerns.  ENABLE-6G is funded by the European Union’s NextGenerationEU and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, in the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR). 

With the current deployment of  5G , researchers are already looking to the future of 6G. The ENABLE 6G project is crucial due to challenges in capacity, energy efficiency, latency, data security, localization, and privacy for both advanced 5G and future 6G deployments. 6G networks must be more adaptable, intelligent, and energy-efficient while providing stronger security and privacy measures.  Therefore, the ENABLE-6G project’s main objective is to integrate communication with high-accuracy sensing and localization, while introducing green and privacy-preserving solutions by design. 

ENABLE-6G counts on IMDEA’s international  and interdisciplinary team, who are at the forefront of 6G research, innovation and development in Spain. These researchers aim to adopt a comprehensive approach to addressing the various challenges confronting 6G networks. ENABLE-6G is composed of RISC-6G and MAP-6G projects. The RISC-6G project aims to utilize the larger wireless spectrum and higher frequencies, along with advanced technologies like reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, visible light communication, and RF backscatter. The MAP-6G project team will utilize machine learning techniques to create communication and localization mechanisms that provide ultra-low latency, reliable location services. These mechanisms will devise privacy preservation methods by designThe researchers  aim to demonstrate the benefits of 6G, such as increased localization and sensing accuracy, reliability, coverage, and efficiency.  Although facing numerous obstacles, the team is dedicated to providing inventive solutions to enhance forthcoming wireless networks.Telefónica I+D is one of the leading private R&D centres in Spain, aiming to explore and develop new technologies and solutions that can improve the company’s existing products and services, as well as identify and create new business opportunities in the telecommunications and technology sectors.  Within the RISC-6G and MAP-6G Projects, Telefonica will be using machine learning analysis to control the network, developing scalable and distributed algorithms to preserve privacy, conducting proof-of-concept tests, and leveraging resources to achieve the project goals.

NEC Europe is represented by NEC Laboratories Europe and NEC Ibérica. NEC Laboratories Europe is one of Europe’s most established technology research companies and the European R&D centre for the NEC Group, while NEC Ibérica is the European Centre of excellence for smart solutions specializing in technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, data analysis, cloud and IoT. For the project, NEC Laboratories Europe and NEC Ibérica will integrate and optimize reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) into radio access networks (RAN) and open RAN architectures, while advancing RIS prototyping with select customers. 

BluSpecs is a digital transformation agency that helps its clients, including public and private organizations, stay current in the digital age by facilitating the adoption of advanced digital technologies through an ecosystem-focused approach. It will be responsible for exploitation, commercialisation, and communication of the technologies, prioritizing the social economic and technological value of both project outcomes, as well as the market readiness.

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