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Finland and Japan team up to develop 6G technology

Finland and Japan team up to develop 6G technology

Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium and 6G Flagship have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Finland and Japan are securing their positions as leaders in sixth-generation communications technology as the two countries have teamed up to work together on the research and development of 6G networks. More specifically, the Japanese Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Finnish 6G Flagship earlier this month, outlining the development of future technologies.

Who are the two parties?

On its website, 6G Flagship explains that it is funded by the Academy of Finland and the University of Oulu for the period of 2018-2026. Furthermore, it notes that its cooperation with the Japanese Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium is part of the expansion of its international ecosystem.

The 5G Promotion Consortium has a variety of key members including the University of Tokyo and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. In addition to this, it is also working with numerous Japanese telecommunications companies, operators, and conglomerates.

What does the MoU entail?

According to a press release by Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium, the MoU outlines three specific areas of cooperation: exchange of information and publications, collaboration on Research and Development projects, and personnel exchange.

Academy Professor and Director of 6G Flagship Matti Latva-aho expressed his satisfaction with the agreement between the two parties, commenting: “Japan is a major global player in the development of wireless mobile technologies and it is in Finland's interest to expand the cooperation to themes where mutual competitive advantage can be achieved for 6G development. The importance of the collaboration is underlined by Japan’s decision earlier this spring to invest $2 billion in the development of 6G technologies.”

The cooperation between the two countries comes as a surprise when considering the fact that 5G technologies are still being introduced and developed around the world. By working together, Finland and Japan hope to create the next generation of mobile communication systems; that is, technology which will offer new and improved features such as ultra-low power consumption, ultra-security, and autonomy, among others.

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