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Turkcell and Ericsson join forces for 6G

Turkcell and Ericsson Research Center have signed a new cooperation agreement on information sharing and research on emerging technologies. This cooperation aims to accelerate Turkcell’s research and development efforts in the field of 6G and contribute to Turkey’s technological development.

Turkcell and Ericsson have collaborated to accelerate R&D efforts in the field of 6G and to accelerate Turkey’s technological progress and have a say in this field. Prof. Dr. Vehbi Çağrı Güngör, Executive Vice President of Turkcell Technologies, and Işıl Yalçın, Vice President of Ericsson Middle East & Africa Region and General Manager of Turkey, came together for the signing ceremony at the Mobile World Congress (MWC24) in Barcelona, Spain.

Under the agreement, the Ericsson Research Center in Istanbul, the only one of Ericsson’s 16 global research centers in the Middle East and Africa Market Area (MMEA), will promote bilateral research initiatives with Turkcell, Turkey’s first and only operator with a 6G lab. It will also strengthen cooperation on nationally and internationally funded R&D projects.

The agreement also includes the sharing of key information on emerging technologies. Ericsson Research and Turkcell will play a critical role in advancing Turkey’s national technology ecosystem, accelerating the development and innovation of revolutionary technologies. The agreement will pave the way for innovative use cases to be developed in line with the two companies’ focus on security, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and the overall 6G vision and architecture.

Significant steps are targeted globally

Turkcell’s “Turkcell 6GEN Lab: Artificial Intelligence and 6G Lab” project, which started operations last year with the support of the TÜBİTAK 151515 Pioneering R&D Support Program, focuses on the development of 6G networks with artificial intelligence-based autonomous capabilities.

By joining forces, Ericsson Research and Turkcell aim to support the global standardization of 6G and take important steps not only in national but also in international telecommunications.

When deployed at scale, 6G networks have the potential to revolutionize the way people live, learn and interact. They open the door to new technologies that will enable immersive, ubiquitous and multi-sensory digital experiences. The main use cases for 6G fall into three broad categories: Internet of the senses, connected smart machines and a connected sustainable world.