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Uusitalo, M. A., Ericson, M., Richerzhagen, B., Soykan, E. U., Rugeland, P., Fettweis, G., Sabella, D., Wikstrom, G., Boldi, M., Hamon, M.-H., Schotten, H. D., Ziegler, V., Strinati, E. C., Latva-aho, M., Serrano, P., Zou, Y., Carrozzo, G., Martrat, J., Stea, G., … Svensson, T. (2021). Hexa-X: the European 6G flagship project. In 2021 Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications & 6G Summit (EuCNC/6G Summit), pp. 580-585.

Hexa-X : the European 6G flagship project

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Author: Uusitalo, Mikko A.1; Ericson, Mårten2; Richerzhagen, Björn3;
Organizations: 1Nokia Bell Labs, Espoo, Finland
2Ericsson Research, Luleå, Sweden
3Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
4Ericsson Research, Istanbul, Turkey
5Ericsson Research, Stockholm, Sweden
6Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany
7Intel Deutschland GmbH, Munich, Germany
8Telecom Italia, Turin, Italy
9Orange, Rennes, France
10University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany
11Nokia Bell labs, Munich, Germany
12CEA Leti, Grenoble, France
13University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
14Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes, Spain
15Nextworks, Pisa, Italy
16Atos, Madrid, Spain
17University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
18WINGS ICT Solutions, Athens, Greece
19Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-27


Hexa-X will pave the way to the next generation of wireless networks (Hexa) by explorative research (X). The Hexa-X vision is to connect human, physical, and digital worlds with a fabric of sixth generation (6G) key enablers. The vision is driven by the ambition to contribute to objectives of growth, global sustainability, trustworthiness, and digital inclusion. Key 6G value indicators and use cases are defined against the background of technology push, society and industry pull as well as objectives of technology sovereignty. Key areas of research have been formulated accordingly to include connecting intelligence, network of networks, sustainability, global service coverage, extreme experience, and trustworthiness. Critical technology enablers for 6G are developed in the project including, sub-THz transceiver technologies, accurate stand-alone positioning and radio-based imaging, improved radio performance, artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) inspired radio access network (RAN) technologies, future network architectures and special purpose solutions including future ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) schemes. Besides technology enablers, early trials will be carried out to help assess viability and performance aspects of the key technology enablers. The 6G Hexa-X project is integral part of European and global research effort to help define the best possible next generation of networks.

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Series: European Conference on Networks and Communications
ISSN: 2475-6490
ISSN-E: 2575-4912
ISSN-L: 2475-6490
ISBN: 978-1-6654-1526-2 978-1-6654-1525-5
ISBN Print: 978-1-6654-3021-0
Pages: 580 - 585
DOI: 10.1109/EuCNC/6GSummit51104.2021.9482430
Host publication: 2021 Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications & 6G Summit (EuCNC/6G Summit)
Conference: 2021 Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications & 6G Summit (EuCNC/6G Summit)
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: Part of this work has been funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101015956 Hexa-X.
EU Grant Number: (EU) Hexa-X - 6G vision and intelligent fabric of technology enablers connecting human, physical, and digital worlds
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