The US and Nordic Countries Promise More Cooperation on 6G

August 7, 2023

Written by Caio Castro

The Presidents of Finland and the United States and the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden have committed to widening the cooperation on 6G among the nations.

Joe Biden and the Nordic countries’ authorities discussed several topics at the third US-Nordic Leaders’ Summit in July. According to a White House statement, they “recognised the crucial significance of critical and emerging technologies—with appropriate guardrails and risk mitigation measures—for global prosperity and security.”

The countries will step up cooperation on technologies such as 5G and 6G, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and quantum technologies.

They noted that cooperation on fundamental and applied research “enables the United States and Nordic partners to stay at the technological forefront and to develop technologies and standards that align with common values and interests.” The authorities underlined the strategic importance of international connectivity.

The 6G Rush

This is the latest of a series of agreements and international commitments the US administration has made in recent months to better position the country against China’s advancements in the field.

Also in July, Biden signed a bilateral agreement with India to form a 6G task force led by North America’s Next G Alliance and India’s Bharat 6G Alliance. The joint work includes standards cooperation, facilitating access to chipsets for system development, and establishing collaborative research and development projects.

In June, the US and the European Union announced “accelerated cooperation to develop a common vision and industry roadmap on research and development for 6G wireless communication systems.”

Japan is another country to have partnered with the US. In 2021, both administrations secured $4 billion in 6G research.

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