The German project consortium is made up of eleven partners from industry and science: 


T-Labs is the R&D department of Deutsche Telekom focusing on translating new technology trends and delivering tangible results into Deutsche Telekom’s innovation portfolio. Our current research areas are: Future Networks, Spatial Computing, Network Security and Digital Twin and Decentralized Systems. #Co-Research is the key mission for the team, with the vision of achieving a superior customer experience and exploring disruptive technologies for future telecommunications infrastructures. From our base in Berlin we are cooperating with multiple universities in Germany, Europe, Israel and globally. Deutsche Telekom AG is responsible for the consortium coordination of 6G NeXt. Telekom is represented by the T-Labs Spatial Computing Team, which researches on an intelligent and fast technology that extends our network to provide future applications with novel functionalities and extensions.

Fraunhofer FOKUS located in Berlin conducts research on digital transformation and its impact on economics, technology, and our society. The FOKUS Business Unit Future Applications and Media (FAME) develops future technologies in the domain of AI and Deep Learning for Media, Multiscreen Applications, Internet delivered Media and Personalization. Moreover, FAME is an active member and contributor in various standardization bodies, especially HbbTV, W3C, MPEG-DASH and CTA. Fraunhofer FOKUS is a key partner in the 6G NeXt consortium and will contribute its expertise, tools and testbeds in 5G, media streaming and real-time communications to the research and development of the 6G NeXt infrastructure and evaluate its feasibility using the HOLOCOM application, an interactive end-to-end transmission of real-time 3D holographic video with photorealistic content.

With more than 350 professors and more than 30,000 students, Technische Universität Berlin is one of Germany’s leading technical universities, especially in the field of computer science. TU Berlin is an active part of the international metropolis and the outstanding science hub Berlin. The university’s research focus is on the following six research areas: 1. Digital Transformation 2. Energy Systems, Mobility, and Sustainable Resources 3. Human Health, Humanities, and Educational Science 4. Urban Systems and Environmental Systems 5. Photonics and Optical Systems 6. Materials, Design and Manufacturing Within the project, TU Berlin is represented by the Mobile Cloud Computing research group headed by Prof. Dr. David Bermbach. The group studies the design and experiment-driven assessment of geo-distributed, scalable software systems in modern application domains. The main role of TU Berlin in 6G NeXt project is the research and development of a scalable edge-cloud software platform and support for the smart drones use case.

Ilmenau University of Technology (TUIL) is a strong research university in the heart of Thuringia, in the middle of Germany. The Audiovisual Technology Group (AVT) of TUIL is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the new infrastructure center I3TC (Ilmenau Interactive Immersive Technologies Center). The AVT group conducts research on aspects of QoS (Quality of Service), QoE (Quality of Experience) and technical properties of media systems, with a focus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR, AR, MR) and interactive systems, as well as network-based media applications, among others. In the project, the team addresses aspects of QoS for the two use cases HOLOCOM and INTELLIGENT DRONES, as well as the evaluation and prediction of QoE for the HOLOCOM application, based on corresponding network- and application-level key performance indicators (KPIs). TU Ilmenau is a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T, Study Group 12) and the Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG) and will contribute results from 6G NeXt on QoS and QoE to international standardization in these groups. TUIL will perform a series of perception and experience tests to evaluate 3D holographic video communication systems with an aim to identify the relation between user experience and certain technical parameters such as latency, bandwidth, coding techniques, etc., and optimize the uses of communication resources.  

The Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau is an innovative, future- and application oriented university south of Berlin. The personal atmosphere, the individual support from the teaching staff, the high-quality equipment in the laboratories and workstations offer good conditions for a successful course of study and targeted preparation for later career entry. With its scientific innovation and development potential in research projects as well as the practical relevance in academic training, the university is a valued partner of SMEs, but also of large internationally active companies. The associated Department of Aeronautical Engineering headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Ruether-Kindel has successfully carried out a large number of research projects in the field of unmanned and general aviation in the past and acquired comprehensive competences in the process. These cover all areas from design, layout and construction, prototype construction and rapid prototyping, component tests, flight testing and the development of measurement technology to various applications. The main role of TH Wildau in 6G NeXt project is the research and development of the application of SMART Drones.

The novel technology of Volucap (Volumetric Capture) makes it possible for the first time to create photorealistic three-dimensional images of objects and peoples in motion. This makes it possible for anyone to use Volucaps of real people in XR applications. Founded in 2018 by shareholders ARRI Cine Technik und Co KG, Interlake System GmbH, Studio Babelsberg AG and Fraunhofer HHI, Volucap combines state-of-the-art technology with traditional film production. Located on the premises of Studio Babelsberg in Berlin – the oldest large-scale film studio in the world – Volucap is an innovation cluster that combines volumetric recording services for a wide range of industries while offering customized solutions. The recording studio has the highest resolution in the world. Volucap brings its expertise in volumetric data acquisition and transmission to the 6G NeXt project to unlock new applications for the next generation of mobile networks.

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is Germany’s leading business-oriented research institution in the field of innovative software technologies based on artificial intelligence methods. In the international scientific community, DFKI ranks among the most recognized “”Centers of Excellence”” and currently is the biggest research center worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its application in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds. The DFKI cooperates closely with national and international companies. The research department of Intelligent Networks headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Dieter Schotten works on innovative concepts for the development and implementation of particularly sophisticated and future-proof communication, AI, but also security and resilience solutions, especially technologies for mobile communications 5G/6G, industrial communication and programmable infrastructures. Application fields for these technologies are diverse and include e.g. industry, robotics, autonomous driving, agriculture, construction site, medical technology and much more.

Logic Way is an owner-managed company in Schwerin, Germany, founded in 1997 with the business focus on software development, system engineering/electronics, time recording and access control as well as sensor technology and electronics production. Logic Way sees itself as an innovative engineering company and continuously conducts research and development in the areas of communication systems, automation, process control, smart farming and various other scientific and technical fields. High in-house production depth complements and conditions each other with comprehensive interdisciplinary system competence. Logic Way GmbH has many years of experience in the development of multiconnective communication modules for technical-scientific purposes. Logic Way has already been involved in various technology projects in the areas of data acquisition, communication, system engineering, IoT, edge computing, digital twin and 5G ff. Communications. Logic Way continuously cooperates with renowned regional and national research institutions and companies. Together with its subsidiary ds automation, Logic Way employs about 30 employees and has been a training company for over 20 years. Within the 6G NeXt project, Logic Way is responsible for setting up a mobile 6G network testbed and development of the communication module (edge device) and the associated software component stack. This activities take place in close collaboration with the Open6GHub and in particular with the project consortium partners DFKI, Fraunhofer FOKUS and TH Wildau.

Schönhagen airfield is one of the most important commercial airfields in Germany and is the largest in the new federal states. Here you can find the entire range of general aviation. Currently, 47 predominantly aviation-related companies are located here. 190 aircraft are housed in the hangars at Schönhagen. With the planning of a research center, the airfield is open for innovations. In the past, the airfield has already supported research projects with its experience as a test area for safety-related issues and issues relevant to aviation law. The decommissioning of one of the runways also creates an optimal space for testing.

The IDRF (Interessengemeinschaft der Regionalen Flugplätzen) brings together 75 regional airports and commercial airfields, 60 flight operations, aviation-related companies, universities and research institutes from Germany and Europe. As a community of interests for decentralized aviation, the IDRF represents the common interests of its members and advocates the optimal use of existing facilities and capacities as well as the maintenance and expansion of a nationwide air traffic infrastructure in line with demand. The development of future technologies and the preparation of our airfields for climate-friendly aviation mobility concepts is one of the main concerns. The IDRF is therefore networked nationally and internationally with numerous initiatives and represented in important Ruele Making Groups at EASA and ICAO. The IDRF is particularly interested in the area-wide provision of regenerative energy sources. This can lead to interesting concepts for its members, to which it can contribute its know-how and network.