Work Groups originate either from the 6G-IA (called ‘6G-IA WGs’) or from 5G PPP Projects (called ‘5G PPP WGs’). ‘5G PPP WGs’ are cross-projects work groups where the activities of multiple 5G PPP projects can converge to create positive synergies.
Access to WGs and their functioning is defined in the Terms of Reference of each WG. In general:
(click to see Terms of References and WG contact details )
|Open Smart Networks and Services WG
Aitor Garcia Viñas, Vodafone
|6G-IA||The Open SNS WG promotes and supports the evaluation, adoption, deployment, and evolution of open solutions for 5G and beyond 5G/6G networks. One of the first tasks of the WG is to promote and support the evaluation, adoption, deployment, and evolution of open, disaggregated, intelligent and fully interoperable Radio Access Networks (RAN) as a key technology for future mobile networks (5G and beyond). For this, the Working Group is aiming to bridge the open initiatives in the industrial domain with the ongoing or planned R&D and standardization work (3GPP, O-RAN Alliance…), bringing together subject matter experts from the academy (university, research institutes, etc.) and industry (operators, vendors, SMEs, verticals, etc.), aiming to accelerate the development of a EU wide open ecosystem of technologies that will include hardware equipment and software-defined, virtualized, and automated solutions. The group has the following objectives:
Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei
|6G-IA||Identify standardization and regulatory bodies to align with e.g. ETSI, 3GPP, IEEE and other relevant standards bodies, & ITU-R (incl. WPs) and WRC (including e.g. ECC PT1). Develop a roadmap of relevant standardization and regulatory topics for 5G: Evaluate existing roadmaps at international level; Propose own roadmap for 5G being aligned at international level. Influencing pre-standardization on 5G and related R&D: Potentially propose where topics should be standardized; Influence timing on R&D work programs (e.g. EC WPs)|
Giovanna d’Aria, TIM
|6G-IA||Promote research results in the spectrum area obtained by 5G PPP/H2020 projects as well as relevant FP7 projects, Setting up of a dialogue between 5G PPP projects concerning potential synergies and common interests across projects in spectrum related issues, Pursue the convergence of results on spectrum topics from the different projects to maximize the achievable outcome towards relevant technical bodies, Establish a knowledge base from European and other Global project results concerning advances in spectrum research, Liaise with spectrum groups or entities in regulatory bodies and industry associations, Work for improved understanding of collaborative spectrum research importance|
|5G/Beyond 5G Architecture WG
Oemer Bulakci, Nokia
|5G-PPP Projects||The goal of this Working Group is to serve as a common platform to facilitate the discussion between 5GPPP projects developing architectural concepts and components and foster the discussions on the basis of the KPI’s described in the 5GPPP contract. The group could also facilitate consensus building on the 5G architecture.|
|Software Networks WG
Bessem Sayadi, Nokia
|5G-PPP Projects||The purpose of this WG is to analyse and address unification and applicability of key research topics related to Software Networking including software defined concepts, infrastructures, systems and components for Wire and- Wireless Networks, including Networked Clouds, IoT and Services, i.e. Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) as developed and promoted by the 5G PPP projects.|
|Network Management & QoS WG
Mandate deemed completed and Working Group suspended October 2019.
|5G-PPP Projects||Network Management, Quality of Service and Network Security are three themes closely correlated:
|Vision and Societal Challenges WG
Artur Hecker, Huawei
|6G-IA||Develop a consensus in Europe on 5G systems / infrastructures / services, Identify vertical application domains which would benefit from 5G (views of other sectors on 5G requirements) and associated challenges, Identify the societal, economic, environmental, business and technological benefits obtainable from the realization of 5G main concepts, Collect publicly available visions and major technical trends from industry, research community and available information from other regions, Identify commonalities, bottlenecks and differences in visions and technical trends, Prepare input documents for Pre-Standardization and Spectrum Working Groups and International Cooperation Activity, Develop H2020 call proposals for 5G PPP in partnership with the EC|
Pascal Bisson, Thales
|6G-IA||This WG was officially launched on 5/4/2016 and results from an initiative created by a Phase 1 Security Project (5G-ENSURE). Since its creation this Working Group has been the place where the 5G Security topics and vision were discussed and also progressed. By the end of Year 2017 and per decision of the 5G Industry Association Board this WG was moved to 6G-IA (at the time 5G IA). As such this WG is not only open to Projects from any of the phases of 5G-PPP but also to 6G-IA members interested in joining. The purpose of the group is to foster development of the 5G Security Community made of 5G security experts and practitioners who pro-actively discuss and share information to collectively progress and align on the field. This while organizing specific communications/events (e.g. Whitepaper, Workshop …), interacting with other WGs whenever Security input is needed and developing liaisons with other interested/interesting Security communities.|
Jacques Magen, AUSTRALO
|NetworldEurope||The main objectives of the SME Working Group are:
Carles Antón-Haro, CTTC – Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya
|6G-IA||The Trials Working Group was launched by 5G IA in September 2016 after the publication of the 5G Manifesto of industry in Europe and in the context of the 5G Action Plan of the EU Commission. According to the 5G Manifesto industry in Europe will develop by beginning of 2017 a European trial roadmap on technology trials and Pan-European trials with vertical sector use cases.
6G-IA is hosting this Working Group in order to provide a neutral place for such discussions. The Working Group is open for
Membership in 6G-IA is not required to participate in the activities.
The objectives of the Working Group are as follows:
Cooperation in the Working Group is by e-Mail, conference calls and where needed by physical meetings.
Expected deliverables are:
The 5G Action Plan of the EU Commission is expecting the European Trial Roadmap by March 2017.
|5G for CAM WG
|6G-IA||The 5G CAM WG is established as a means of supporting 5G for Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) activities funded under EU Programmes covering both R&I and deployment activities in two work streams:
|IMT-2020 Evaluation Group
Werner Mohr, Nokia
Mandate completed and Working Group suspended in June 2020.
|6G-IA||ITU-R WP5D launched an evaluation process for Radio Interface Technologies (RITs), which will be submitted by SDOs (Standards Developing Organisations) to ITU-R to be recognised as member of the IMT family of systems for mobile and wireless communications. In addition to the self-evaluation by SDOs ITU-R is looking for independent second opinions by independent Evaluation Groups. The final evaluation report is due in February 2020. The 5G PPP Evaluation Group is one of the 11 globally registered groups. The group has the following objectives:
The Working Group is organised under the umbrella of 5G Infrastructure Association with participants from active 5G PPP projects.
|Test, Measurement and KPIs Validation
|5G-PPP Projects||The 5G network is bringing new services and technologies into the picture, including a heavy softwarization that is bridging the telco world with the IT one. One of the biggest challenges is how to make the softwarized network carrier-grade, resilient, reliable, and stable. While the bridging of telco and IT changes how we test, and the type of tests, there is still a gap in doing End-to-End (E2E) and NFV/VNF characterizations and performance evaluation in the new 5G heterogeneous infrastructure (cloud-RAN, MEC/fog, distributed clouds). Test and Measurements (T&M) procedures, tools, and methodologies (testing, monitoring, and analytics) need to be agreed upon, and they should serve for the verification of the performance KPIs that 5G is promising to deliver, providing confidence to Mobile Operators and Verticals on the deployed 5G capabilities and services. The purpose of the Group is to bring together the projects that have common interest in topics related to the development of T&M and validation methods, test cases, procedures:
The Group will identify specific areas in the relevant standards bodies (IETF, 3GPP, ETSI etc.) where the projects should contribute towards.