When mobile phones evolved beyond just making calls and sending text messages, the first devices with mobile internet began to emerge. Initially, mobile internet connections were quite slow, but technology gradually progressed. We transitioned from GPRS (2G) with limited speed to 3G, 4G (100 Mbps-1 Gbps), and eventually 5G, which theoretically reaches up to 20 Gbps. While 5G provides adequate speed in many parts of the world, Nokia has now decided to invest 360 million euros in Germany’s 5G Advanced and 6G technology.
If you had a mobile phone before smartphones became popular, you might recall how slow the internet was. Various brands released phones with 2G or 3G connectivity and hardware that struggled even to load YouTube videos. It was a different era with less powerful technology, but this has changed over time. With 5G or even 4G, we now have decent internet speed almost everywhere.
Nokia will invest 360 million euros to design chips, hardware, and software for 6G networks in Germany
As long as we have coverage and a service provider guaranteeing 5G, we can experience the fastest current standard. Although 5G networks have been around for a few years, not all service providers and regions have adopted them. So, it is time to move forward. Finnish telecommunications company Nokia plans to invest 360 million euros in designing chips, hardware, and software for 5G Advanced and 6G usage, thanks to funding from Germany.
This decision is part of the IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) initiative, which spans four years. Investments have been made by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) and the states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Nokia announces that developing new hardware, chips, and software will enable the use of 6G technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and the metaverse in the future.
700 million euros will be invested to build 6G infrastructure and reduce reliance on Huawei
A few months ago, it was suggested that 6G could increase bandwidth capacity by 10 to 100 times. Now, a figure closer to 400 Gbps for data transfer speeds is mentioned, with hopes for even further improvement. However, do not expect an immediate implementation, as it is anticipated that 6G will reach Germany in 2030. To achieve Nokia’s plan, there are still several years to go.
In addition to the 360 million euros dedicated to this project, the federal government pledged 700 million euros in funding to build 6G network infrastructure in Germany. This investment aims to reduce reliance on Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications network providers while allowing Europe to remain at the forefront of technology.