Presentations from EuCNC & 6G Summit 2024

The 6th Edition of the EuCNC & 6G Summit took place in Antwerp, Belgium from 3 – 6 June 2024. The conference builds on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC (European Conference on Networks and Communications), supported by the European Commission, and the 6G Summit, originated from the 6G Flagship programme in Finland, one of the very first in its area.

Quoting the message from the General Co-Chairs, Pearse O’Donohue & Peter Vetter, in the program guide:

While the 6G era won’t officially kick off until 2030, we’ve already ventured well down the road that will make 6G a reality. 2024 marks a new milestone for 6G as our focus shifts from exploration to systems and technical standardization. Three recent developments lay the groundwork for this change. First, 3GPP has confirmed its 6G timeline and committed to developing 6G specifications. Second, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 made key decisions on spectrum that will shape the future of 6G. Finally, the International Telecommunication Union has published its framework for the initial requirements for IMT-2030, the ITU nomenclature for 6G. We are truly moving from vision to reality!

As the world embarks on the journey into the 6G territory, it is imperative to recognise that this will encompass a multi-dimensional landscape that spans business, technology, and societal domains. 6G will be able to provide sustainable progress for society in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Given this big uptick in 6G activity, EuCNC & 6G Summit 2024 is poised to play an even more important role. The conference serves as a platform for thought leaders, researchers, policymakers and industry pioneers from across the world to engage in insightful discussions and share groundbreaking research in communication networks and associated topics. From exploring the technical intricacies of 6G networks to envisioning its societal impacts, our agenda is as comprehensive as it is ambitious.

This year’s EuCNC & 6G Summit is in Antwerp, home of Nokia Belgium and one of Bell Labs’ vibrant innovation sites. Our deep-rooted partnerships with local telecommunications leaders in Belgium have propelled us to the forefront of innovation in broadband access and 5G. Together, we’ve pioneered cutting-edge advancements, from trailblazing tests of RAN slicing capabilities to spearheading the world’s premier nationwide drone network. Moreover, our commitment to pushing the boundaries of network technology is evident in milestones like the inaugural deployment of 25G PON technology in Antwerp. These achievements underscore our unwavering dedication to shaping the future of connectivity.

Antwerp is at the center of a strong research ecosystem in Flanders with esteemed universities and research institutions, including KU Leuven, University of Ghent, University of Antwerp, VUB, and imec. And the Port of Antwerp has acted as an excellent testbed for trialing research use cases in industrial automation.

The conference is also close to Brussels, which is the seat of the European Commission and a driving force in bolstering the broader European research landscape. The Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU), led jointly with industry, is the European initiative at the forefront of this journey to shape the future of connectivity and usher in a new era of innovation and progress. It has a portfolio of ongoing 63 research, innovation, and trials projects, aiming to build first-class 6G technology capacities and to contribute to standardization eff orts.

6G is central to Europe’s digital future, addressing a number of political priorities and societal needs, encompassing competitiveness, supply chain resilience, sustainability, privacy and cybersecurity. This is why the European Commission presented in February a set of possible actions on how to address Europe’s digital infrastructure needs, to attract investments, foster innovation, security and resilience of digital infrastructures, and to achieve a true Digital Single Market. This White paper has started a discussion on concrete proposals with stakeholders, Member States and like-minded partners, and includes actions towards R&I for connectivity, spanning over the entire connectivity computing continuum, from semiconductors, computational capacity in all kinds of edge and cloud environments, radio technologies, to connectivity infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence, data management, and applications. It focuses on the implications of the real convergence between computing and connectivity and the growth of edge computing, which 5G and later 6G will be crucial in supporting.

The video playlist of the conference is embedded below:

A detailed playlist with the interviews is available here. The PDFs of the presentations has not been shared publicly. A summary of the event is available here.

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