Arctic 6G is an Interreg Aurora project with the goal to help future 6G network improve societal resilience in the rural Aurora region.


This project addresses the challenge of societal resilience in rural regions. Robustness and security of tomorrow's 6G networks, cloud and IoT services must be guaranteed and the general availability of broadband connectivity and Internet services in rural parts of our region must improve.
Rural regions globally and in northern Finland and Sweden have for decades struggled with the development of secure and reliable connectivity services for all residents and visitors. As of recently, the increasing divide between cities and countryside, is receiving increased attention. The UN's SDGs are instrumental, but also the ongoing war in Europe has highlighted the need for robust, secure wireless infrastructure, available to everyone. Creating resilience in northern Sweden and Finland therefore constitutes a strong common interest of the two regions. 


The project's main objective is to develop, demonstrate and disseminate new technologies that will improve societal resilience of future 6G networks in the Aurora region.

The project will address these challenges by:

  1. developing new technology for 6G cellular networks available for uptake in the 6G standard by 2025
  2. exploiting and combining the mutual expertise on cellular networks with Luleå and Oulu universities
  3. involving the respective industrial networks on either side of the border


Key targeted results include development of new quantitative tools to evaluate and measure cellular coverage inequality, development of new, energy-efficient 6G-technology for rural and remote areas, new IoT device localisation methods, and improved network security functions. Finally, we develop understanding about Sapmi and reindeer herders' connectivity needs.

Project period

The project is runs from December 2022 to November 2025.

Project LEADER

The project is led by Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.


Project partners are LAPIN AMK (Lapland University of Applied Sciences) and University of Oulu.

Interreg Aurora, LAPIN LIITTO, Region Norrbotten

Arctic 6G has developed its own SDG pyramid, which is in line with the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the top are the primary goals, which represent the fundamental essence of our daily work. The secondary goals form the second level and are of additional importance for our work. Finally, the third level comprises goals that are still relevant but are perhaps not at the centre of our systematic efforts.