University of Oulu

6G waves magazine : autumn 2022

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Author: Longhurst, Katja1; Wittenberg, Ville1 (eds.)
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, 6G Flagship
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 10.9 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : University of Oulu, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-29


6G Flagship has come a long way in a relatively short time, and I am proud to be leading this world-class research programme. We announced our research strategy at the first 6G Summit in early 2019, emphasising the importance of UN SDGs in defining the 6G requirements. This message has not changed during the first four years of Flagship. On the contrary, it has become even more important in the current turbulent world. The key technology enablers identified in the 6G White papers published in 2020 are also still valid, and the popularity of the White Papers has been overwhelming—they have been downloaded already more than 1 million times.

The second phase of 6G Flagship started at the beginning of May 22. The next four years will be the most intensive in 6G research. At the time of ending the programme in mid-2026, 6G standardisation can be expected to be progressing at full speed. Until then, we will have a lot of fun investigating all possible venues making 6G possible. Our key research directions remain somewhat unchanged, and the focus will gradually shift toward defining key building blocks and the overall 6G system concept. The European Hexa-X project will enter its second phase at the beginning of 2023 with a clear mission to define the European 6G system concept. 6G Flagship is a member of the Hexa-X-II consortium and is fully committed and ready for this great mission.

Global collaboration is becoming more important than ever before to respond to ever-increasing challenges in mobile communications research. With great pleasure, we can see increasing discussions with the key players from the US, Europe and Asia. 6G Flagship has been actively fostering this dialogue and has initiated several new collaborations in Japan, Korea, India and the US. New 6G programmes and fora are emerging. 6G Finland was initiated recently to involve all critical ICT players in Finland in the 6G development. As a next step, it would be imperative to get critical vertical sectors like health, automotive, energy and industries involved with defining the 6G requirements. It will be a real challenge to develop a superior mobile technology satisfying future sustainability criteria from different perspectives. Hopefully, we won’t need 7G and beyond to make it real, but 6G would already satisfy the majority of the UN SDGs.

Matti Latva-aho

Director of 6G Flagship

University of Oulu, Finland

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Series: 6G waves magazine
ISSN: 2670-2029
ISSN-E: 2670-2088
ISSN-L: 2670-2029
ISBN: 978-952-62-3444-1
ISBN Print: 978-952-62-3443-4
Issue: 5
Type of Publication: D6 Edited professional book
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: 6G Flagship is part of the Finnish Flagship Programme funded by the Academy of Finland.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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