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The European 6G infrastructure flagship project SUNRISE 6G kicks off!

Today, 24 January 2024, the SUNRISE 6G: ‘SUstainable federatioN of Research Infrastructures for Scaling-up Experimentation in 6G’ project was inaugurated with a broad physical presence of over 70 participants (Consortium members) in Athens. This 36-month 6G programme, co-funded by SNS JU and the EU, officially started on 1 January 2024.


Partners discussed the project’s work plan, challenges & risks identified, while its implementation schedule was set. In our joint opening speech, we emphasised the importance of this 6G SNS Flagship research project in defining the future of 6G. Partners united to delve into the first steps of their journey and aligning on common goals.

SUNRISE-6G aims to bundle 6G test infrastructures in a pan-European facility supporting converged Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) workflows and tools, a unified catalogue of 6G enablers publicly accessible to experimenters, and cross-domain vertical application onboarding. This offering is delivered via a Tenant web portal that acts as a central access point to the facility and serves various stakeholders such as experimenters, vertical developers, infrastructure owners and 6G component manufacturers.

The project focuses on the establishment and expansion of an EU-wide experimental infrastructure for 6G, which will enable the validation of end-to-end 6G architecture.

To promote European success in the creation of the 6G network, SUNRISE 6G has assembled a very strong consortium of 29 partners, composed of key industry representatives and renowned scientists. Typically, a flagship project lays the foundation for next-generation network architecture and technology.


The SNS JU aims to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create sustainable, resilient and climate-neutral network infrastructures and services. The EU funding for the first and second call of the SNS JU under the Horizon Europe programme amounts to a total of around 380 million euros.


Further information on the SNS JU can be found at


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SUNRISE 6G project has received funding from the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101139257. Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union.