Vivo's Third 6G Whitepaper on '6G Services, Capabilities and Enabling Technologies'

Back in 2020, the Chinese handset maker Vivo kicked-off their R&D efforts stating that the move aimed to ready the company for challenges driven by soaring demand for data on mobile devices.

During that time, vCRI (vivo Communications Research Institute) released couple of whitepapers. The first one titled, 'Digital Life 2030+' analysed 11 aspects that are closely related to people's lives in 2030 and beyond. It presented 29 use cases to provide an image of the digital life in 2030 for customers and industries. The 11 aspects include clothing, food, housing, transportation, learning, work, entertainment, medical treatment, healthcare, the environment and safety. Their hope was that the white paper would be helpful to the research community working on 6G vision and requirements. It's available here.

The second whitepaper, '6G Vision, Requirements and Challenges' presented a preliminary view on the 6G vision and requirements, and analysed the challenges of 6G networks and terminals. Their expectation again was that this paper will contribute to reach the industry consensus on the 6G vision and requirements. It's available here.

The third whitepaper released earlier this year, '6G Services, Capabilities and Enabling Technologies', presents the latest research findings and preliminary views on 6G services, capabilities, architecture and key technologies. Their expectation is that this white paper will contribute to the development of 6G technologies. It's available here.

The conclusion of the whitepaper nicely summarises the paper and is reproduced as follows: 

6G will provide super communication service, basic information service, and converged computing service, and become the network information cornerstone for building a freely connected physical and digital integrated world.

6G service capability definition requires comprehensive consideration of demand, technology and cost, balancing performance indicators and efficiency indicators. Super communication performance indicators will improve several times or even orders of magnitude compared to 5G, and will further expand coverage. The service content of basic information is richer, including wireless sensing, enhanced network information provision, and public information of industries. Converged computing services will provide users with end-to-end latency and performance-guaranteed computing, storage or intelligent services.

The expansion of service content and the improvement of service capability require the redesign of system architecture to support communication, sensing, computing, information, data and other functions and services. The convergence of mobile network and computing realizes the capabilities of computing and intelligence, all of which is contingent on establishing reliable signal and data communication. ISAC opens another door for cellular wireless networks. 6G native-AI system will improve network and air interface efficiency, enhance system flexibility and reduce O&M costs. The introduction of an end-to-end cross-layer data plane is particularly necessary to support native-AI system, ISAC, and basic information services. ELPC will reduce the barrier to terminal access, enabling truly ubiquitous connectivity. MIMO evolution, RIS technology, new waveforms and other technologies will be introduced to make 6G network be more spectral efficient, more flexible in diverse scenarios, and more supportive for sensing functions.

The research and development of 6G technologies are still in the early stage. vCRI will continue to refine 6G usage scenarios, use cases and the related capability indicators, carry out in-depth research and experimental verification of potential technologies of 6G, and contribute to the development of a globally unified 6G technology standard.

To mark the release of their third 6G white paper, vCRI invited leading industry experts to discuss the exciting future of 6G technology. Here is a video from that.

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