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T. Hewa, G. Gür, A. Kalla, M. Ylianttila, A. Bracken and M. Liyanage, "The Role of Blockchain in 6G: Challenges, Opportunities and Research Directions," 2020 2nd 6G Wireless Summit (6G SUMMIT), Levi, Finland, 2020, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/6GSUMMIT49458.2020.9083784

The role of blockchain in 6G : challenges, opportunities and research directions

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Author: Hewa, Tharaka1; Gür, Gürkan2; Kalla, Anshuman3;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
2Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland
3School of Computing and Information Technology, Manipal University Jaipur, India
4Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Anderlecht, Belgium
5School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-29


The world is going through a fundamental transformation with the emergence of the intelligent information era. The key domains linked with human life such as healthcare, transport, entertainment, and smart cities are expected to elevate the quality of service with high-end user experience. Therefore, the telecommunication infrastructure has to meet unprecedented service level requirements such as ultra high data rates and traffic volume for the prominent future applications such as Virtual Reality (VR), holographic communications, and massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC). There are significant challenges identifiable in the communication context to match the envisaged demand surge. The blockchain and distributed ledger technology is one of the most disruptive technology enablers to address most of the current limitations and facilitate the functional standards of 6G. In this work, we explore the role of blockchain to address formidable challenges in 6G, future application opportunities and potential research directions.

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ISBN: 978-1-7281-6047-4
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-6048-1
Pages: 1 - 5
DOI: 10.1109/6GSUMMIT49458.2020.9083784
Host publication: 2020 2nd 6G Wireless Summit (6G SUMMIT)
Conference: 6G Wireless Summit
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is partly supported by European Union in RESPONSE 5G (Grant No: 789658), Academy of Finland in 6Genesis (grant no. 318927) and Secure Connect projects. The research leading to these results partly received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 871808 (5G PPP project INSPIRE-5Gplus). The paper reflects only the authors’ views. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
EU Grant Number: (871808) INSPIRE-5Gplus - INtelligent Security and PervasIve tRust for 5G and Beyond
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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