Funding Agency: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie
Duration: 3 years, 01.01.2021 – 31.12.2023
Partner: Bayern Innovativ


Project Manager:

Kimberley Trommler (Bayern Innovativ)

Matthias Haffner (Bayern Innovativ)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kellerer (

Peter Merz (Nokia Bell-Labs)

Project home:

Project Objectives

To ensure that all relevant stakeholders in Bavaria are involved in the research and development of 6G early in this cycle, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy founded Thinknet 6G to create an agile ecosystem of industry players, research institutions, associations, innovators, start-ups and incubators. Thinknet 6G is both a think tank and an agile community for all organisations and stakeholders who are interested in any aspect of 6G development.

Thinknet 6G is hosted by the Centre for Digitalisation Bavaria (ZD.B: Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern) at Bayern Innovativ and will pursue the following main goals and activities:

  • Establish a vibrant ecosystem of 6G stakeholders in Bavaria, Germany, Europe, and internationally
  • Act as a central point-of-contact and point-of-information for 6G topics and questions
  • Stimulate networking and exchange between the relevant stakeholders, to enable collaboration, cooperation and knowledge transfer
  • Cooperate and network with 6G organisations in other states and countries
  • Support pre-competitive consensus building and reciprocal exchange
  • Promote Thinknet 6G and its activities, for example via an annual 6G summit
  • Provide expert input and support to define calls for research funding  

Technology Focus

Thinknet 6G has defined six domains as the initial technology focus areas which will be addressed by the community. These are:

  1. AL/ML-native communication
  2. New spectrum technologies
  3. The network as a multi-sensor
  4. Network adaption
  5. Extreme and energy-efficient connectivity
  6. Security, privacy and trust