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ECO-eNET Project Kick-off Meeting: Pioneering the Future of 6G Networks

Today marked the exciting beginning of the Efficient Confluent Edge NETworks (ECO-eNET) project. The kick-off meeting brought together the key partners from eight different countries, each contributing to what is poised to become a new framework for future 6G technology. This innovative project, funded by the Horizon Europe Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking, is aiming to integrating cutting-edge optical and radio technologies to craft a highly efficient and scalable network.

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Today marked the exciting beginning of the Efficient Confluent Edge NETworks (ECO-eNET) project. The kick-off meeting brought together the key partners from eight different countries, each contributing to what is poised to become a new framework for future 6G technology. This innovative project, funded by the Horizon Europe Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking, is aiming to integrating cutting-edge optical and radio technologies to craft a highly efficient and scalable network.

ECO-eNET Kick-off meeting
ECO-eNET team gathered for the kick-off meeting hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.

The project, which combines the expertise of leading academic institutions and industry, focuses on developing a new type of network known as a confluent edge network. This network will harness the power of both optical and radio transport systems to push the boundaries of what mobile networks can achieve in terms of efficiency and capacity.

Professor Dan Kilper, Director CONNECT Centre at Trinity College Dublin, and technical coordinator for ECO-eNET shared his vision: “The ECO-eNET project is not just about enhancing network technology; it’s about evolving it. By integrating confluent front-, mid-, and back-haul networks with cell-free and distributed multiple-input multiple-output based access networks, we are laying the groundwork for a future where mobile networks are faster, more reliable, and more energy-efficient than ever before.”

This first meeting of the ECO-eNET project marks a significant milestone in the journey towards 6G, offering a glimpse into a future where digital connectivity is seamless, swift, and smarter than ever before. As the project progresses, it plans to not only advance the state of network technology but also contribute significantly to the standards that will define the next era of global communications.

6G SNSThe ECO-eNET project has received funding from the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) under grant agreement No. 10113933. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.