Jan. 01, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2025

Funded by Horizon Europe, 6G-SANDBOX aims to develop EU-wide experimentation platforms to test promising technical 6G enablers, including zero-touch management, flexible multi-tenancy architecture, network intelligence, security, digital twins, artificial intelligence (AI), and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces.

The 6G testbed will combine digital and physical nodes to deliver fully configurable, manageable, and controllable end-to-end networks for validating new technologies and research advancements for 6G. The project offers organizations opportunities to conduct trials at four experimental platforms located in Malaga/Spain, Berlin/Germany, Oulu/Finland, and Athens/Greece.

One of the four 6G-SANDBOX experimental platforms will be established at Fraunhofer FOKUS in Berlin. Here FOKUS is working on a virtualized 6G-ready test platform that can be built with the push of a button according to the requirements of each use case. For this purpose, the Open5GCore will be further developed towards 6G.

Keysight Technologies Inc. coordinates the project. Apart from Fraunhofer FOKUS, the 6G-SANDBOX project partners include: COSMOTE; Eurescom; FOGUS Innovations & Services P.C.; INFOLYSIS P.C.; Institute of Software Engineering and Technologies (ITIS) at 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 University of Oulu.