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The 6G-EWOC consortium consists of 11 partners from 8 European countries and blends the industry expertise of two telecom/datacom system vendors, one operator and a mobility technology company with the highly ambitious agenda of two SMEs and the scientific drive of an university and two research & tech organizations. Photonic design and integration of novel component technology will be supported by two leading industry experts in the field of semiconductor design and fabrication.

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC)
(Project Coordinator)
UPC is a leading technical university in Europe, offering research and higher education in engineering, architecture, sciences, and technology. With nearly 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and over 300 doctoral students, the UPC has a high graduate employment rate, with 95% of graduates finding work within three months.
The university is also a top Spanish institution in raising funds for R+D+I projects under the Horizon Europe program and is a leading Catalan institution in knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship promotion, innovation driving, and lifelong comprehensive technological training. In 2022, the university secured €120 million for R&D+I projects and generated €81 million in revenue. The UPC contributes 0.3% of Catalan GDP, with every €100 of public funding received, returning €601.5 to society. It maintains relationships with around 3,000 companies, fostering innovation environments that drive Industry 4.0 and decarbonisation.
The university has over 1,900 ongoing agreements and research projects, registered 13 new patents in 2022, and fostered the creation of over 100 companies, with 41 spin-offs having UPC participation. The UPC has nine campuses in Barcelona and nearby towns, providing accessible, well-connected campuses for learning, research, and university life.

Bifrost Communications
is an SME located in Denmark. We develop quasi-coherent transceiver technologies for metro-, fronthaul and access networks. With our analogue signal processing instead of DSP, we are generally able to double the dispersion-limited reach of conventional IM-DD systems.

Nokia Bell Labs
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things.  With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 6G, the Cloud and the IoT.  Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, the company is at the forefront of creating the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives. Nokia Bell Labs creates the disruptive technologies that are shaping the way the world communicates and connects. Throughout a100-year history, Nokia Bell Labs has overcome some of the world’s biggest scientific challenges by bringing together the brightest minds in mathematics, physics, computing and engineering, recognized with 10 Nobel Laurates as of 2023.

commercializes advanced imaging LIDAR units built on proprietary technology awarded by multiple patents granted all over the world. The company relies in accumulated knowledge in its engineers accumulated in 20 years of LIDAR, opto-mechanical, electronics, firmware and software development. Beamagine designs and develops innovative solutions and imaging LIDAR sensors to automotive and autonomous navigation systems applications with demanding point cloud density and/or data fusion procedures.


OTE Group is the largest telecommunications provider in the Greek market and offers mobile telecommunications services in Romania. OTE is among the largest listed companies, with respect to market capitalization, in the Athens Stock Exchange. Deutsche Telekom (DT) holds 52.77% of OTE’s share capital and the Greek State holds 7.65%. Under the unified commercial brand COSMOTE and its key message “a better world, for all”, OTE Group offers the full range of telecommunications services: from fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband services, to pay television and ICT solutions. OTE offers the largest 5G network in Greece, more than 80% 5G coverage countrywide, while in 2023 it was distinguished for “The fastest mobile network in Greece” for the 7th consecutive year, acc. to Ookla® -the independent network metrics company-, as well as “Best in Test” for Mobile Internet and voice services for the 9th consecutive time, acc. to umlaut. In addition to its core activities, the Group is also involved in electronic payments, delivery services, maritime communications, real estate, insurance distribution and professional training.

Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)
(Technical Manager)
CTTC is a non-profit R&D centre. Research expertise is mainly focused on technologies related to network infrastructure and services. The PONS research unit within CTTC is involved in the project consortium with expertise in packet optical communications and networking technologies, edge and cloud computing infrastructure for virtual functions and applications, network and service management and spectrally & spatially multiplexed transmission systems with suitable photonic technologies and adaptive transceivers. CTTC is responsible for the technical management within 6G-EWOC.

is a private R&D organization located in Palaiseau, France, and was jointly established by Nokia, Thales and the CEA. III-V Lab conducts R&D activities in the field of III-V micro/nanoelectronics and photonic components for different applications: telecom, defence, security, safety, space etc. As an industrial laboratory, III-V Lab has the mission to transform research results into innovative products.

’s invention of the GPU (graphics processing unit) in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined computer graphics, ignited the era of modern AI and is fuelling the creation of the metaverse. Nvidia is now a full-stack computing company with datacenter-scale offerings that are reshaping industry.

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
is a non-profit R&D centre that focuses on key infrastructural challenges of the future. The Center for Digital Safety & Security will be involved in 6G-EWOC and contributes its expertise on optical and wireless communication networks. The group has published several works on mobile optical fronthaul for 5G&beyond applications, optical wireless communications and coherent optical communications, and is further active on photonic circuit integration to propel its system-level R&D through novel component technologies.


is more than one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. We are a mobility technology company built to innovate, with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team of over 181,000 employees across 344 manufacturing operations and 104 product development, engineering and sales centres spanning 29 countries. With 65+ years of expertise, our ecosystem of interconnected products combined with our complete vehicle expertise uniquely positions us to advance mobility in an expanded transportation landscape. Our electronics divisions develop market-leading ADAS and electrification technologies and systems that deliver enhanced safety and convenience.


is an SME based in Switzerland and manufactures PICs on its low-loss SiN waveguide platform technology based on its unique all-nitride-core technology. LIGENTEC has access to cleanroom facilities at the CMi located at EPFL and has transferred its standard processes to X-FAB, an automotive-qualified 200mm line in France.