Finnish companies working on 6G connectivity

Greater connectivity is on the horizon. Have a look at how 6G will, over the next decade, affect everything from digitalisation to carbon goals, and see how Finnish companies and academics are contributing.

The 6G promise of greater connectivity is based on reaching many more people and increasing peak data rates 50-fold, to around one terabyte per second.

The world’s first large-scale 6G research programme, 6G Flagship, was founded back in 2018 at the University of Oulu, 600 kilometres (370 miles) north of Helsinki. It’s a coalition of research institutes and companies whose network that consists of 500 academic partners from 71 countries and 400 industry partners from 31 countries. The programme is set to create the very first 6G testing network.

Among the goals of Finland’s pioneering research and innovation in the 6G arena is a secure, resilient and carbon-free European future. “The crucial green transition cannot happen without digitalisation, as this helps industries reduce emissions and minimise energy use,” says Pekka Rantala, head of the 6G Bridge Program, which Business Finland leads.

By James O’Sullivan, March 2023