Keysight's 6G sub-terahertz R&D testbed

Keysight orchestrates pan-European test platform for 6G

  • Keysight Technologies is partnering with sixteen organizations to create 6G-Sandbox and will serve as the coordinator.
  • 6G-Sandbox is a pan-European test platform to experiment and validate the capabilities of 5G-Advanced and 6G mobile communication technologies.

Funded by Horizon Europe, 6G-Sandbox is one of 35 new projects launched by the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), which the European Commission (EC) established in 2021 to support the development of smart communication components, systems, and networks considered essential for building a European supply chain of excellence for advanced 5G and 6G technologies.

The project aims to develop EU-wide experimentation platforms to test high-potential 6G technical enablers, including zero-touch management, flexible multi-tenant architecture, and network intelligence, security, digital twins, artificial intelligence (AI) and reconfigurable smart surfaces.

The 6G testbed will combine digital and physical nodes to provide fully configurable, manageable and controllable end-to-end networks to validate new technologies and advances in 6G. The project offers organizations the opportunity to conduct trials on four experimental platforms located in Malaga, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Oulu, Finland; and Athens, Greece.

Participants in the 6G-Sandbox project include: Cosmote, Eurescom, Fogus Innovations & Services P.C., Fraunhofer Fokus, Infolysis P.C., Institute of Software Engineering and Technologies (ITIS) of the University of Malaga, Keysight Technologies Inc, Lenovo, National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) Demokritos, Nokia eXtended Reality Lab, OpenNebula, OWO, Queen’s University Belfast, Telefonica and the University of Oulu.