Developing 6G

Future Network Services

The global development of 6G is in full swing. This next-generation mobile technology will reach the market in 2030. With the Future Network Services (FNS) programme, the Netherlands is investing in this development. Do IoT Fieldlab has a key role as a partner in this programme.


January 2024 – December 2029

Partners (TU Delft)

Do IoT Fieldlab, TU Delft

Partners (others)

62 partners in total; see partner scheme below

The development of digital technologies is moving fast and many countries and companies worldwide are investing heavily in these areas. The Netherlands is a forerunner in the development of communication technology and intends to take a leading position in the development of 6G as well.

Major opportunities

Mobile networks are crucial for the digitalisation of our society and the earning power in all sectors of the economy, from industry and energy to logistics and healthcare. Dutch companies see great opportunities in 6G network technology and applications coming to the market from 2030 onwards. The development of 6G contributes to the digital autonomy and sustainability of the Netherlands and the European Union. Therefore, the government is investing in this development.

What will 6G offer

The 6G network will offer higher speeds, greater capacity and greater security than 5G and 4G. 6G is expected to be 300 times faster than the most advanced 4G networks. In addition, 6G is going to be used not only for communications, but also for localisation using radar sensing. This will, for instance, offer the possibility to better direct traffic flows. AI (artificial intelligence) will also help to quickly detect and resolve disruptions or rapidly increasing demand for capacity.

Role Do IoT Fieldlab

Currently, Do IoT Fieldlab offers several test sites with a 5G installation. Companies, scientists, students and governments work together to develop the products and services of the future. Think of a super-stable auxiliary arm for a surgeon, better data systems for emergency services, drones in horticultural greenhouses or robots that assist in hazardous work. These are all applications that involve exchanging a lot of data at lightning speed via a reliable connection. Under realistic conditions, such prototypes are made 5G-ready within the fieldlab.

For the development of 6G, Do IoT Fieldlab again intends to develop ‘testbeds’. With its own 6G installations, with workshops for companies and (semi-)governments and by bringing parties together. The experience we have gained in more than 20 use cases in recent years will be useful and we look forward to sharing and desseminating our knowledge. In this way, the Netherlands can stay ahead and be 6G-ready in time.

Unique collaboration

The Future Network Services approach is unique in several respects: a total of 62 Dutch parties, led by TNO (the leading independent research organisation in The Netherlands), are joining forces in this public-private partnership. All relevant parties including leading telecom and semiconductor manufacturers, mobile operators, ICT companies, knowledge institutes and governments are involved. In addition, the accumulated knowledge and expertise will be shared and applied intensively within vocational, professional and university eductation. This seamlessly links research, education and innovation in building a strong Dutch 6G ecosystem.