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Spain already has a 5G network that spans 75% of the national territory at the hands of Telefónica, but work is already underway to achieve a revolutionary new technology, 6G.

Just one year after the Ministry of Science and Technology of China announced the creation of a new team of researchers dedicated to developing the new sixth generation (6G) networks, the KAIROS project has emerged at the European level, in which the Polytechnic University of Valencia, together with prestigious industrial and academic actors from the ICT, automobile, microelectronics, cybersecurity, industrial production, SMEs and newly created companies of innovative services.

Europe enters the game as a competitor

In this way, Europe wants to position itself as a leader in the technology sector, thus competing with a Chinese giant like Huawei, which today has the largest number of patents on 5G, and which is now investigating the development of 6G technologies. Thus, the Kairos project aims, in the same way that the Ministry of Science and Technology of China did, to get 6G technology to market by 2030, or as Commissioner Thierry Breton put it: “without even waiting for the end of the deployment of 5G, I want to start working on 6G”.

The Kairos project aims to create networks based on artificial intelligence (AI) for reliable mobile communications, allowing it to “serve as a beacon for the development of the 6G systems of the future”. In this way the initiative wants to cover the entire value chain beyond 5G, including satellite communications, networking, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, end-to-end cybersecurity, innovative devices, the industrial internet of things, and the distribution of antennas and communications in THz, among others, in addition to addressing the services of the future in autonomous driving and augmented reality with ultra-high data transmission speed.

In short, it is a radical paradigm shift for mobile networks, moving from the conventional vision that focused on telephone companies, giving way to another more focused on the consumer and generator of content. All this, as explained by the UPV Professor José Monserrat, will mean that each participant in the system can contribute resources and services to the general system, and consume resources and services of the 6G system, which entails, in the long term, the disappearance of station-based mobile networks like the ones we know today.

For its part, the Polytechnic University of Valencia participates in the project focusing on the challenges posed by communications in the automotive industry of the future. As the Professor of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Dr. Jose F. Monserrat, says that “the change in society that is coming with the introduction of the connected autonomous car and the robotization of the industry requires that the hyperconnected society evolve towards new smarter models of data management and mobility”. That is the great challenge that the Polytechnic University of Valencia is betting on.