Q1/2020 - 2nd 6G Summit
The 2nd 6G Summit scheduled for 17 March 2020 in Lapland was held in form of a virtual meeting. The discussion issue was a 6G White Paper drafted by the Finish University of Oulo in cooperation with the IEEE, which for the first time describes “key drivers, research requirements and challenges”. The White Paper says that 6G will be faster and more secure than 5G and enable a “myriad” of new applications and services. The researchers (6G Flagship Team) expect the technology to be ready for implementation already in 2030. By now there are research centers for instance in Finland, USA, China and Japan. The gold sponsors of the Lapland conference included Nokia Bell Labs, Ericsson, Keysight Technologies and the Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei. Even though the discussion has just started and is focusing mainly on technical issues, it has already reached the political level in the ITU-T. In February 2020, Huawei had presented a White Paper titled “Internet 2030 and Beyond” at a conference of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG).