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First 6G R&D lab in S.E.A. launched by IMDA and SUTD

By Ken Wong - on 20 Sep 2022, 10:35am

First 6G R&D lab in S.E.A. launched by IMDA and SUTD

From Left: SIT President Chua Kee Chaing, IMDA CEO Lew Chuen Hong, MCI Minister Josephine Teo and SUTD President Professor Chong Tow Chong. Image source: SUTD.

Despite 5G only just making its presence felt across Singapore, the country is already looking ahead at the next leap forward in communications with the announcement of plans to become a global node for 6G Research & Development.

In preparation for the arrival of 6G, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has partnered with the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s (SUTD) Future Communications Connectivity (FCC) Lab to set up the region's first 6G lab.

Reports on the speed 6G could deliver vary with experts saying it could range from 100 to 1,000 times faster than 5G with enhanced reliability and wider network coverage.

The 6G lab aims to combine 6G R&D with SUTD’s AI Mega Centre and accelerate research of future communications technologies and unlock breakthroughs in 6G research and in emerging technologies such as holographic communications and intelligent sensing capabilities to support the next generation of self-driving cars and drones.

The FCCLab is part of Singapore's Future Communications Research and Development Programme (FCP) and has seen Singapore investing S$70 million in it.

There are currently 20 FCP projects going on, in the areas of multi-access edge computing, network orchestration, non-terrestrial networks, and security.

Internationally, Singapore has already forged 6G partnerships with leading 6G institutions such as Finland’s 6G Flagship, and the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences. Under the FCP programme, SUTD is also working with both local enterprises and MNCs.

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