Call for papers
3GPP standardization has been progressing at an astonishingly rapid phase, where Release 15 and Release 16 have set the foundations of the 5G system, while Release 17 provides enhancements and optimizations to enable support for further use cases. In parallel to 5G standardization efforts, several initiatives worldwide endeavour to drive and support the evolution of smart networks and services. Among others Europe is establishing the Joint Undertaking on Smart Networks and Services in the frame of the Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation. Other initiatives are complementing the European initiative, such as Secure 5G & Beyond Act in the U.S., roadmap towards 6G in Japan, MSIT 6G programme in S. Korea, and MIIT 6G programme in China.
The workshop solicited papers from the global research community on advanced visions and concepts for key architectural innovations for beyond 5G and 6G mobile and wireless networks. The workshop provided the floor for reflection and discussion about requirements and architectural considerations for future generation of mobile systems. The focus was on technology and design recommendations that will allow to move from 5G and beyond towards a fully-fledged 6G architecture as indicated in the list of related topics:
The workshop was organised in two parts:
The first part was organised as a webinar, which was hosted by the 5G PPP, to present the 5G PPP architecture white paper version 4.0.
The presentations and videos are available here: https://5g-ppp.eu/event/16811/
The second part was a regular workshop included in the programme of the IEEE 5G World Forum conference.
The IEEE workshop description is here: https://ieee-wf-5g.org/architectural-evolution-toward-6g-networks-a-european-view/
The 5G standardization has been progressing at an astonishingly rapid phase, where 3GPP Release 15 and Release 16 have set the foundations of the 5G system, while Release 17 will provide enhancements and optimizations to enable support for further use cases. In parallel to 5G standardization efforts, the 5G PPP initiative is currently at its peak with around 40 projects running concurrently.
5GPPP Architecture Working Group (WG) was launched during the Phase 1 of the 5GPPP Initiative with the result of publishing three White Papers in June 2016, January 2018, and June 2019. The latest version of white paper placed the focus on architectural support for vertical industries capitalizing on the Phase 2 projects. Currently, 5GPPP Architecture WG is active with 21 Phase 3 Projects from ICT 17, 18, 19, and 20 projects (5G Trials, Validation across verticals, and B5G) and will further integrate new projects as they join 5GPPP collaboration actions (e.g., ICT 52 projects with towards 6G focus). 5GPPP Architecture WG presents the European view on Architecture and, hence, we foresee the 5GPPP Architecture WG as the organizer of this WS.
The goal of this workshop (WS) is two-fold. On one hand, this WS will highlight the key architectural innovation points and findings from the 5G projects that will bridge the evolution of the 5G architecture toward the future 6G mobile and wireless networks. On the other hand, the newest generation of projects are already working on beyond 5G topics and most of them have formulated work items under the 6G theme. Therefore, this workshop will further provide the floor to these beyond 5G and towards 6G projects to formulate their visions, requirements and architectural considerations for future generation of mobile systems. The focus of the thematic topics will be on technology enablers and design recommendations that will allow to move from 5G and beyond towards a fully-fledged 6G architecture as indicated in the list of related topics: