Report highlights 6G design considerations

Report highlights 6G design considerations

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By Nick Flaherty

The NGMN Alliance (NGMN) has defined several important requirements for 6G as guidance and input to Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) to avoid the industry becoming fragmented.

The report, “6G Requirements and Design Considerations”, recommends focus on end-to-end intelligent system automation, visibility / traceability, and efficient management are needed targeting sustainable and flexible deployment and simplified operation.

New approaches are needed to address traffic growth, extreme requirements (such as immersive, critical, massive, native), capacity needs, minimisation of added complexity, and the alternatives to densification, considering the practical limits of wide-area mobile systems

This is key for organisations working on the definition of the next generation 6G networks for 2030 and beyond, currently being developed by ITU-R. The report has been developed on the understanding that there will be an evolution towards 6G without distinction between any new 6G technology, an evolution of 5G or a combination of both.

6G Requirements and Design Considerations

New approaches have been identified within this publication covering digital inclusion, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and flexible deployment. Potential new capabilities related to prospective use cases are discussed qualitatively as well as new paradigms to address traffic growth, capacity needs, minimise complexity and provide alternatives to densification.

“This important contribution reflects how evolution towards 6G needs to deliver customer led outcomes whilst maximising efficient use of resources and ensuring the practical deployment of software-driven networks,” said Luke Ibbetson, Head of Group R&D, Vodafone and NGMN Board Member.
“As a global mobile operator driven organisation, reflecting the entire ecosystem in its membership, we are well positioned in submitting 6G Requirements and Design Considerations to SDOs and the industry,” said Anita Döhler, CEO of NGMN. “Our objective is to guide and support the mobile industry in achieving a global 6G standard and with already over 50 companies participating in this specific project today, we look forward to driving industry alignment around 6G architecture in the future.”
The report follows “6G Drivers and Vision” in 2021 and “6G Use Cases and Analysis” in 2022.


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