[Taipei, TAIWAN] The Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) and the European Union (EU) DG CONNECT co-hosted the "EU-Taiwan Joint 6G SNS Workshop" at the International Conference Center of National Taiwan University Hospital today. The purpose of the workshop is to share the results of the EU-Taiwan 5G collaboration projects, and announce the advanced research and development plan of the 6G technology. Furthermore, the EU delegates were invited to share the Smart Networks and Services (SNS) initiative under the "Horizon Europe" framework, especially on the plan and the vision from B5G to 6G so as to facilitate joint discussions on the future direction of 6G cooperation between Taiwan and EU.
Dr. Chyou-Huey Chiou, the Director General of DoIT, MoEA, indicated that Taiwan is famous for its design and manufacturing capability for information and communication products, while EU is a global leader in innovative technology architecture and applications; therefore, the industrial value-chain of the two sides can be extremely complementary.
The EU delegate, Mr. Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit at Future Connectivity Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission, acknowledged the quality of the EU partnership with Taiwan in the context of 5G developments. He indicated that continuing such a partnership between Taiwan and the EU should be discussed in the context of 6G developments, with the objective or reinforcing 6G global supply chain capabilities.
Dr. Colin Wilcock, Chairman of the SNS-JU and 6G-IA, in his remarks mentioned that Taiwan is widely recognized by the world in the fields of microelectronics and ICT, and Taiwan has a strong end-to-end industry chain and the ability to rapidly develop trial system. He believed the cooperation between the EU and Taiwan would accelerate the global development of the 6G SNS ecosystem.
Ever since the collaboration started in 2016, the EU and Taiwan have invested a total of 18 million euros for the projects, and a total of 10 countries, more than 30 industrial and academia research teams have joined the project focusing on applications in smart manufacturing and disaster prevention and relief with drones.
EU 6G-IA plans to lead a delegation to visit Taiwan next year, and MoEA will facilitate bilateral policy level cooperation agreement, including proposing the signing of an MoU between respective industrial associations in 2023. It is expected, by then, both parties will be able to focus more on issues of 6G cooperation and can expand cooperation to other areas, so as to prolong the strategic partnerships, and create win-win situations for all.
Contact: Dr. Neng Kai Chang, DoIT/MoEA
Contact: Ms. Monica Chi, DoIT/MoEA
tel: +886-2-23212200#8155, 0910-660-322
event contact: Ms. Michelle Tsai, III
Tel: +886-2-23946000#2606, 0939-260-983
Source：Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs