Ericsson and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBİTAK) signed a five-year extension of their ongoing partnership at the ‘Ericsson Research Days Türkiye 2023’ event to support Ericsson in further exploring new 6G research projects in the country.
The event brought together Türkiye’s local research and innovation community, including universities, operators, start-ups, and key industry players. Through international keynote speeches, panel discussions, training sessions for university students, and a range of live demonstrations and use cases, Ericsson shed light on the outcomes of collaborative research projects, showcased the latest developments in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and explored the future aspirations of Ericsson Research in Türkiye.
Ericsson Research in Türkiye is the first research laboratory in the Turkish ICT sector supported by TÜBİTAK’s TEYDEB 1515 – Frontier Research and Development Laboratories Support Program. Over the last five years, it secured European Commission funding under the European Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) for cutting edge projects like HEXA-X-II, VERGE, TARGET-X, and DESIRE6G. Together, with the pioneering research and industry organizations from Europe, 6G research is conducted by several Ericsson Research entities including Ericsson Research in Türkiye.
Under the TÜBİTAK 1601 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Program, Ericsson Research in Türkiye is committed to increase engagements with the start-up ecosystem in Türkiye. It is an approved application center for entrepreneurs, providing mentorship, coaching, and training on ICT competence areas to the young entrepreneurs under the “BIGG6G” consortium which consists of Ericsson Research in Türkiye, Türk Telekom Ventures, and ODTU TEKNOKENT.
Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, President of TÜBİTAK says: “Ericsson Research in Türkiye’s dedication to nurturing local talent and fostering collaboration with academia has been pivotal in elevating Türkiye’s research profile. As we extend our partnership with Ericsson Research in Türkiye, we are not only investing in technology but also in the future of Türkiye’s innovation ecosystem. With a shared vision of propelling Türkiye to the forefront of global technological innovation, we look forward to working with Ericsson Research in Türkiye on new projects that will add substantial value to the international research community.”
Işıl Yalçın, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Türkiye at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “Our unwavering commitment to innovation and the advancement of the Information and Communications Technology industry took stage at ‘Ericsson Research Days Türkiye 2023.’ Researching emerging technologies, fostering collaborations with academia, and nurturing a local innovation ecosystem have been our top priorities since Ericsson Research established in Türkiye in 2018. Our extended partnership with TÜBİTAK allows us to continue our mission to contribute to the future by exploring new and innovative research topics, supporting local researchers in international projects, and actively participating in the development of global standards. With TÜBİTAK’s steadfast support, we aim to redefine the ICT landscape in Türkiye, creating an era full of innovations.”
Ericsson Research in Türkiye is dedication to pioneering research and fostering collaborations with academia and the local innovation ecosystem. It has been enabling Turkish researchers to contribute to international projects while providing great opportunities for producing new articles, papers and patents, as well as directly contributing to worldwide standards.