University of Oulu

White paper on 6G drivers and the UN SDGs

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Author: Matinmikko-Blue, Marja1; Aalto, Sirpa1; Asghar, Muhammad Imran2; (eds.)
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, 6G Flagship
2Aalto University
4Huawei Technologies
5Basic Internet Foundation
6Luleå University of Technology
8Åbo Akademi
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 14.3 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : University of Oulu, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-30

Executive summary

The commercial launch of 6G communications systems and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are both targeted for 2030. 6G communications are expected to boost global growth and productivity, create new business models and transform many aspects of society. The UN SDGs are a way of framing opportunities and challenges of a desirable future world and cover topics as broad as ending poverty, building gender equality, the fight against climate change and developing smart cities. The relationship between these potentially mutually reinforcing forces is currently under-defined. Building on the vision for 6G, and a review of megatrends, ongoing studies on the relation of mobile communications to the UN SDGs and existing indicators, a novel linkage between 6G and the UN SDGs is proposed. This linkage is via a set of indicators. This white paper also initiates work on a new set of 6G related indicators to guide research on 6G systems. The novel linkage is built on the envisaged three-fold role of 6G as 1) a provider of services to help steer and support communities and countries towards reaching the UN SDGs, 2) a measuring tool for data collection to help the reporting of indicators with hyperlocal granularity, and 3) a reinforcer of new ecosystems based on 6G technology enablers and 6G networks of networks to be developed in line with the UN SDGs which incorporates future mobile communication technologies which will be available in 2030. Related challenges are also identified. An action plan is presented along with prioritized focus areas within the mobile communication sector technology and industry evolution to best support the achievement of the UN SDGs.

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Series: 6G research visions
ISSN: 2669-9621
ISSN-E: 2669-963X
ISSN-L: 2669-9621
ISBN: 978-952-62-2669-9
Issue: 2
Type of Publication: D4 Published development or research report or study
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
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