ETSI's Conference on "Non-Terrestrial Networks, a Native Component of 6G"

ETSI's Conference on 6G NTN took place this week on 3-4 April 2024 in ETSI, Sophia Antipolis, France. The conference was co-organized with the ESA, 6G-IA and the SNS-JU. The focus of the conference was from NTN research to global standards, plotting the trajectory to a fully connected planet. Quoting from the event page:

From NTN research to global standards, plotting the trajectory to a fully connected planet

Non-Terrestrial Networks have been part of 5G since 3GPP Rel-17 and the use of NTN related technologies enables global coverage for a wide range of applications that require both high availability and high resilience.

6G will consider a native integration of NTN in the 6G system, thus allowing the optimization of service delivery leveraging both terrestrial networks and non-terrestrial networks in 6G from the outset. In addition 6G NTN is expected to provide increased performances and service capabilities compared to NTN in 5G.

About the Conference

This face-to-face event will offer attendees the unique opportunity to come together and exchange with experts, network with peers, and visit the dedicated project posters all focussing on the topic of Non-Terrestrial Networks for beyond 5G.

The event will foster discussions on the following topics:

  • Targeted use cases that will be enabled by NTN in 6G
  • Possible 6G architecture frameworks (including interfaces) enabling the native integration of the NTN components
  • Candidate technologies/features for NTN in 6G
  • Standardization approach (e.g. what, where, when) for NTN in 6G

Additionally, the event will be an opportunity for research organizations (academia and industrial research) to discuss new trends and features in the field of NTN solutions in the perspective of standardization.

The agenda of the conference is available here and the presentations are available here. The whitepaper by 6G-NTN is available here

If you are busy, you can just read the conclusions here. There is a fantastic graphical summary for each of the sessions like the one shown below:

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