Capgemini, a multinational information technology services and consulting company, headquartered in Paris, on May 24, 2023, announced the opening of a 6G research facility in Gurugram, India. The lab will construct sophisticated test beds and simulators to investigate use cases for 6G ideation, next-generation wireless network use cases, and the development of energy-saving solutions.
Capgemini and King's College, London, launched a creative cooperative research initiative in May 2022 to investigate the opportunities made possible by 6G, with a focus on creating new architectural frameworks to allow ultra-large coverage, AI native, and sustainable 6G Networks. According to the company, the new lab will expand on this preliminary work by moving closer to creating and exhibiting the vast potential of 6G as a vital tool of an "Intelligent Industry" that is data-driven and energy-efficient.
“The 6G lab will enable us to prototype, simulate, and test solutions, leveraging next-generation connectivity and silicon technologies along with advanced AI to address the wireless communication challenges presented by 6G,” said Shamik Mishra, chief technology and innovation officer “Connected Futures” at Capgemini. “As we take a lead on leveraging the potential of this emerging technology, we will also contribute to harmonizing efforts for 6G technology across the industry. An ecosystem for collaboration and knowledge sharing among enterprises and academia will be key to realising numerous opportunities and applications for the future.”
The new facility will use high-performance computing infrastructure to construct advanced simulation environments to develop and verify novel network frameworks that meet the exacting demands of 6G, a news release noted. Comprehensive simulations to analyze the performance of emerging 6G capabilities, including mesh networks, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS), and non-terrestrial networks designed specifically for 6G will be undertaken. The facility also aims at devising advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to solve wireless communication challenges presented by 6G.