|Shifting towards B5G/6G implicates for a great diversity of challenges for the involved markets, especially via the creation of vast amounts of generated data and of related novel applications serving a great multiplicity of verticals. Such innovative services exceed the capabilities of existing 5G infrastructures for potential support of their corresponding KPIs and computational offloading, thus creating a new generation of Smart Networks. Towards fulfilling this target, the 6G-BRICKS project aims to deliver a new 6G experimentation facility building on the baseline of mature platforms coming from ongoing EU-funded activities and bringing breakthrough cell-free (CF) and RIS technologies. We have presented the essential architectural structure of the above facility and assessed in detail the core objectives of the project, as these “identify” diverse technical challenges and dedicated areas for future research. In addition, we have discussed and evaluated the fundamental use cases together with their intended PoCs that are expected to demonstrate strong market impact.
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