Nokia expands 6G research with a new cutting-edge lab

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Nokia has opened a new 6G lab in India. Established within its Global R&D center in Bengaluru, known as the Silicon Valley of India, the lab will serve as the company’s research hub for accelerating the development of foundational 6G technologies. The country’s union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw virtually inaugurated the lab earlier today.

Nokia opens a new lab to speed up 6G research

According to Nokia, its newly established “first-of-its-kind 6G Lab” in India will be home to research efforts in various 6G-related fields. The company says the new research hub will help accelerate the development of technologies like  Network as a Sensor, Network Exposure, and Automation. These technologies will “address the future needs of both industry and society.”

As the company explained in a press release, “Network as a Sensor” technology enables the network to sense the movement of people and objects without on-board sensors. It’s fundamental to bringing the digital and physical worlds together. Your phone’s wireless network will be able to sense movements around you and communicate the same to you.

In the real world, this enables you to see around corners and interact with far-away people and objects more closely. Nokia’s new 6G lab in Bengaluru will also provide “an experimental platform for researching algorithms, privacy, and sustainable system design.” The company is a founding member of the Next G Alliance. It also takes active participation in several regional and global 6G projects.

India’s pull as a global tech hub is growing

The new Nokia 6G lab is an outcome of the Narendra Modi-led Indian government’s ‘Bharat 6G Vision” initiative. Through this initiative, the country is aiming to play a key role in the development and implementation of 6G technologies. Nokia supporting the initiative shows that the world’s most populous country is strengthening its pull as a global tech hub.

Modi’s other tech initiatives have also received support from global companies. Google and HP recently pledged support for the $2 billion “Make in India” initiative. It encourages tech firms to increase local production. The two companies have started producing Chromebooks in Chennai, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamilnadu.

“Nokia is honored to contribute towards the realization of the Indian government’s ‘Bharat 6G vision.’ We look forward to collaborating with key stakeholders to help India become a major player in 6G technology development and adoption, and take its place in the global arena as a leading developer and supplier of advanced telecom technologies and solutions,” said Nishant Batra, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer of Nokia.