As fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks are being rolled out, the telecom industry and academia are now coordinating the 6G research effort towards defining the requirements and use cases for beyond 5G (B5G) or so-called sixth-generation (6G) mobile networks. 6G envisages an evolutionary communication platform based on complete network softwarisation, inclusive communications mediums including satellite, and ultra-dense networks to cater for the market demands that requires ultra-high speeds, tactile response time, and lower cost of network ownership by 2030. This chapter provides an overview of the use cases for B5G/6G systems, including holographic telepresence, digital twin, connected robotics, distributed artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies. It further reviews the current standardisation and deployment status of 5G technology as a baseline and the drive towards 6G by identifying key enabling technologies, system requirements, and an overview on global B5G/6G activities.
- Beyond 5G
- Internet of senses
- Fog computing
- Edge computing
- Holographic telepresence
- Digital twin
- Connected robotics
- Artificial intelligence
- Machine learning
- Big data
- Wireless-optical convergence
- Cloud RAN
- THz communications
- Visible light communications
- Virtualised network
- Ultra-dense network
- Small cell
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The reach leading to these results was partially funded from i) European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under 5GENESIS project with Grant Agreement No. 815178; ii) European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project EXPLOR with grant agreement No 872897; iii) European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), through COMPETE 2020, POR ALGARVE 2020, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) under i-Five Project (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030500); iv) ECSEL joint undertaking which is co-funded by the EU H2020 programme under grant agreement 876487 (NEXTPERCEPTION) and national funding agencies in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain; and iv) the “European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 839573”.
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Saghezchi, F.B., Rodriguez, J., Vujicic, Z., Nascimento, A., Huq, K.M.S., Gil-Castiñeira, F. (2022). Drive Towards 6G. In: Rodriguez, J., Verikoukis, C., Vardakas, J.S., Passas, N. (eds) Enabling 6G Mobile Networks. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74648-3_1
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