Concept & Methodology

SUNRISE 6G Overall Concept

6G is expected to emerge as key enabler for the intelligent digital society of 2030 and beyond, providing superior performance via ground-breaking access technologies, such as joint communication and sensing, cell-free, Radio Intelligent Surfaces, and ubiquitous wireless intelligence. Most importantly, 6G is expected to trigger a total rethink of network architecture design, which builds on the key idea of new stakeholders entering into the value chain of future networks.


The SUNRISE-6G approach is inspired by the “network of networks” concept of 6G Networks, aiming to integrate all private and public infrastructures under a massively scalable internet-like architecture.


SUNRISE-6G aspires to create a federation of 6G test infrastructures in a pan-European facility that will support converged Testing as a Service (TaaS) workflows and tools, a unified catalogue of 6G enablers publicly accessible by experimenters, and cross-domain vertical application onboarding.

The project execution is based on 4 pillars, delivering:

The Implementation of new 6G enablers, complementary to existing ones being developed in SNS Phase 1 projects.

A truly scalable and 3GPP compliant Federation solution that provides access to heterogeneous resources and devices from all Europe.

A Federated AI plane aligned with Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) and Machine Learning Operations (ML-OPS) paradigms, which promotes a collaborative approach to AI research which benefits immensely from scaling-up datasets and models.

A commonly adopted Experimentation Plane, which offers common workflows to experimenters.

SUNRISE 6G Scientific Methodology

SUNRISE-6G aims to deliver a sustainable and evolvable Experimentation facility for 6G, federating Beyond-5G platforms and enablers from all over Europe under a common test, validation and vertical application deployment infrastructure.


The SUNRISE-6G project will be executed over three agile, contiguous and sequentially aligned phases as illustrated in Figure x. The proposed methodology aims to validate the project outcomes in relevant environments so as to expedite the rapid commercial take-up of its technology and network products.

Phase 1: Requirement’s analysis and design

Phase 1 is concerned with the analysis of the Use Cases and the detailed definition and justification of the target network and service-level Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) & Key Value Indicators (KVIs) per Use Case, the analysis of the functional requirements (FRs) of the SUNRISE-6G and their translation to detailed technical specifications which will be used for the detailed low-level design of the system architecture. Apart from the initial Phase 1, whose work has already started and incorporated into the architecture, the analysis will be extended for year 3, to ensure that any new requirements that arise as a result of the Phase 3 validation.

Phase 2: Implementation of the 6G Library and Frameworks, Integration and Federation

Phase 2 starts with the implementation of the 6G Library of components and the main frameworks of the Facility, that are part of the Experimentation Plane (i.e., Portal, IDLM) and the Federation plane (i.e., E2EAI, Open Federation Framework). The implementation of breakthrough components (e.g., JCAS, Near-Field RIS) follows an iterative process of scientific innovation and measurement-based analysis at testbeds that will generated he fist high quality datasets for the E2EAI framework. While the software frameworks implementation follows proven DevOps software industry practices.


Phase 2 concludes with an integration and federation Work Package where 6G components are integrated with Use Cases and Test cases, and the testbeds are federated in an end-to-end facility and with the Experimentation and AI Plane.

Phase 3: Test and Validation

The final phase is concerned with the establishment and setup of the validation of the Federated Experimentation platform and the different assets of the 6G library through 9 functional tests, 2 cooperative tests (including testbed from two hackathons) and 3 use cases. This last phase will also include the execution of the selected projects from the two open calls. Iterative and parallel execution of targeted Use Cases initially and via open calls will be performed. Iteration is necessary to ensure that potential feedback improvements are applied to all SUNRISE-6G components thus enabling iterative refinements to ensure target Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met.


Each cycle will feed the next so that:

  1. New datasets coming from the functional tests are submitted to the E2EI system to finetune models and,
  2. Are fed back improving implemented solutions ensuring the solution maturity ahead of Use Cases in field trials.