Nokia Bell Labs eBook and Talks on 6G

Just last month I wrote about Nokia explaining KVIs in their new whitepaper, now they have done one better with the release of 6G Future eBook.

The eBook can be downloaded from here. Quoting from the eBook:

This eBook represents an overview of our current thinking and efforts on the evolution of networks into the 2030s and beyond. As we have emphasized throughout the different chapters, 6G will build on existing technologies and systems, especially 5G, by improving performance and meeting the needs of new use cases — as would be expected. In somewhat of a departure, however, our 6G research is also focused explicitly on meeting important social values that have not traditionally been such an explicit part of the standards development process.

Evaluating 6G on its ability to meet key value indicators around sustainability, trustworthiness and digital inclusion is not merely a reflection of our current preoccupations. It is a recognition of the critical role networks are now playing in every aspect of life and the responsibility that this places on us as researchers, architects and designers.

In the 6G era, the digital, physical and human worlds will become far more integrated. Our goals must reflect this level of integration and inter-dependency. We can no longer afford to simply measure our progress based on narrowly defined technological criteria or efficiency measures. The network is already playing an outsized role in how we live, work, collaborate and take care of our planet. As billions more people get connected, urbanization intensifies, and we strive to manage the limitations on energy and materials, the role of networks and 6G will only deepen. It is essential that we keep the larger context in mind as we imagine the new network.

Moving beyond voice, video and data communications, future applications in the 6G era will benefit from distributed compute services, intelligence and analytics capabilities, as well as sensing, spatial and temporal services for the localization of people and objects within their environments and the synchronization of their actions. Use cases that will be of particular focus include telepresence, enablement of sustainability, trust in embedded networks, hyperconnected resilient network infrastructures, and massive twinning and automation using both robots and cobots. These new applications and services will be deployed on an agile, fully cloud-based infrastructure with X-as-a-Service capabilities to enable new business models in a multi-party value ecosystem.

At the 7th IEEE 5G++ Summit Dresden, Peter Vetter, president of Bell Labs Core Research at Nokia, talked about the journey to 6G. The video of his presentation is embedded below:

While his presentation is not available publicly, another recent presentation by Bell Labs from an IEEE summit is available here.

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