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Nokia Bell Labs selected for NATO DIANA accelerator and test site for developing dual-use emerging and disruptive technologies

26. 03. 2024 Tuesday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

DIANA was created by NATO to support companies working on solutions in key sectors identified by the Alliance and help develop dual-use technologies that address challenges affecting security and defense. Accelerator sites are used to host and incubate innovators selected by NATO, while test sites allow innovators to prototype and verify their innovation. The DIANA program focuses on technologies that support a wide variety of applications, both defensive and civilian.

26 March 2024

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced Nokia Bell Labs in Budapest, Hungary, was selected by NATO’s Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) to be part of its innovation ecosystem as both an accelerator and test site. Nokia Bell Labs will provide access to cutting-edge testing facilities to DIANA’s current cohort of companies, as well as those DIANA will support in future, giving them expert advice and access to test and try their technologies in specialized environments.

DIANA was created by NATO to support companies working on solutions in key sectors identified by the Alliance and help develop dual-use technologies that address challenges affecting security and defense. Accelerator sites are used to host and incubate innovators selected by NATO, while test sites allow innovators to prototype and verify their innovation. The DIANA program focuses on technologies that support a wide variety of applications, both defensive and civilian.

Nokia Bell Labs in Budapest will be part of the DIANA network as a key innovation hub for dual-use technologies requiring advanced capabilities, such as 6G, post-quantum security, knowledge management, reliable and cyber-resilient networking, and AI/ML-based digital twins of communication networks. Currently, Nokia Bell Labs in Budapest is researching autonomous intent-based robust and resilient network management architectures for special cyber security, critical networks and defense use cases for 5G, 5G-Advanced and 6G, including the creation of blueprints for using 5G for defense and cyber-physical test ranges.

Prof. Deeph Chana, Managing Director of DIANA, said: “Part of DIANA’s strength is our unique transatlantic network of talent centres and innovation leaders working toward a common purpose. The breadth and diversity of partners in DIANA’s network will accelerate the development and deployment of ground-breaking solutions for defence, security and peace.”

Peter Vetter, President of Bell Labs Core Research at Nokia, said: “By becoming part of the DIANA network, Nokia Bell Labs in Hungary will be able to support NATO and help maintain the technological leadership of the Alliance and its members that protect its one billion citizens. This is yet another example of Nokia’s commitment to EU innovation, the Defense community and the development of dual-use technologies.”

Resources and additional information


Press release: NATO: DIANA, NATO’s innovation accelerator, doubles the size of its transatlantic network
Press release: Nokia to acquire Fenix Group, strengthening wireless offering in the Defense segment
Web page: NATO DIANA
Web page: Location profile of Nokia Bell Labs in Budapest, Hungary

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