White Paper on 6G Networking

6G Research Visions, No. 6, led by Tarik Taleb

Executive Summary

This white paper is one of the twelve new themed 6G White Papers led by the 6G Flagship program. It involved the participation of more than 50 experts and enthusiasts of future 6G technologies. In this white paper, we intend to shed light on advanced features relevant to networking that would shape the evolution beyond 5G, ultimately leading to the 6G mobile system.

Hereby, we study the advancements and implications introduced by the evolution of softwarization and service based architecture. We also overview the key technologies that constitute the pillars for the evolution towards 6G networking, considering the evolution toward a cloud native mobile communication system and the adoption of a new IP architecture that supports high precision services. In this white paper, we explore the different analytics that can be gained from the different segments involved in the delivery of a particular communication service. We also discuss the utility of high-precision end-to-end telemetry and cross-segment analytics.

This white paper has been written by an international expert group, led by the Finnish 6G Flagship program at the University of Oulu, within a series of twelve 6G white papers published in their final format in 2020.

Please cite:

Taleb, T., Aguiar, R. L., Yahia, I. G. B., Chatras, B., Christensen, G., Chunduri, U., Clemm, A., Costa, X., Dong, L., Elmirghani, J., Yosuf, B., Foukas, X., Galis, A., Giordani, M., Gurtov, A., Hecker, A., Huang, C.-W., Jacquenet, C., Kellerer, W., …. Zorzi, M. (2020). White Paper on 6G Networking. 6G Re- search Visions, No. 6. University of Oulu. http://urn.fi/ urn:isbn:9789526226842

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  • Tarik Taleb, Aalto University and The University of Oulu, Finland
  • Rui Luis Aguiar, Universidade de Aveiro, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Portugal
  • Imen Grida Ben Yahia, Orange, France
  • Bruno Chatras, Orange, France
  • Gerry Christensen, Mind Commerce, United States
  • Uma Chunduri, Futurewei, USA
  • Alexander Clemm, Futurewei, USA
  • Xavier Costa, NEC Labs Europe, Germany
  • Lijun Dong, Futurewei, USA
  • Jaafar Elmirghani, University of Leeds, UK
  • Barzan Yosuf, University of Leeds, UK
  • Xenofon Foukas, Microsoft Research, UK
  • Alex Galis, University College London, UK
  • Marco Giordani, University of Padova, Italy
  • Andrei Gurtov, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Artur Hecker, Huawei, Germany
  • Chih-Wei Huang, National Central University, Taiwan
  • Christian Jacquenet, Orange, France
  • Wolfgang Kellerer, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Slawomir Kuklinski, Orange & Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Richard Li, Futurewei, USA
  • Wanjiun Liao, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Kiran Makhijani, Futurewei, USA
  • Antonio Manzalini, TIM, Italy
  • Ingrid Moerman, IMEC, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Konstantinos Samdanis, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
  • Kari Seppänen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
  • Dirk Trossen, Huawei, Germany
  • Feng Xie, ZTE Corporation, China
  • Chih-Kuan Yen, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
  • Michele Zorzi, University of Padova, Italyi

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