About 6G Evolution Summit

With only a few years to go until 3GPP’s Release 21 outlining 6G standards, scheduled for 2027, the TELCO industry needs to start preparing to deliver the new age of global and ubiquitous connectivity. Join Fierce Wireless' 6G Evolution Summit to understand how 6G is poised to bring the world into a new era of connectivity and enable never-before-seen use cases including integrated Sensing & Communication, Connected Intelligent Machines and much more. Learn how existing networks can be upgraded to deliver 6G, and what challenges need to be overcome in the years to come to take 6G from vision to reality.

AGENDA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

11:00AM-12:35PM ET:

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE – THE PROMISE OF 6G AND WHY WE NEED TO START TALKING ABOUT IT NOW

11:00AM-11:20AM: Fireside Chat with Dr. Robert Calderbank of Duke University and Dr. Ronny Hadani of University of Texas
11:20AM-11:35AM: Keynote with Javan Erfanian of Bell Canada
11:35AM-11:50AM: Partner Keynote with Stephen Rose of IBM
11:50AM-12:35PM: Panel Discussion

6G is the next big thing in the telecommunications industry, the forthcoming age of ubiquitous connectivity is promised not only to enhance 5G use cases, but also bring the world into a new era of connectivity. Particularly exciting is the suggestion that 6G global networks will offer speeds of one Tetrabyte per second, making use cases such as Network as a Sensor, Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Machine Communication a reality. However, with returns now being seen from heavy 5G investment, are we getting ahead of ourselves? Many experts say no. It is normal to prepare for the next generation up to 10 years in advance, and with 6G basic expected to appear in 3GPP’s Release 21, now is the time to start preparing.

AGENDA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

2:00PM-4:00PM ET:

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES – DELIVERING A 6G WORLD

2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote with Dr. Mikko Uusitalo of Nokia Bell Labs
2:15PM-2:30PM: Partner Keynote with Dr. Giampaolo Tardioli of Keysight 
2:30PM-3:15PM: Panel Discussion
3:15PM-3:30PM: Closing Keynote with Colin Alexander of Achronix
3:30PM-4:00PM: Closing Partner Keynote with Andreas Roessler of Rohde & Schwarz

There is no doubt that 6G will bring great changes to the world of connectivity, enabling revolutionary use cases. However, the road to get there may be challenging. Paramount to its success is a network that allows for fast communication in the terahertz spectrum. A new generation of networks are not built overnight, they are gradually upgraded in line with standards and specifications which will deliver greater speeds and connectivity. In the case of 6G, some commonly cited technological challenges include the openness of networks, aggregated network functions and a lack of automation. How can vendors and other industry players collaborate to create an open interface that allows for the buildout of an open end-to-end network? What role will cloud native applications and infrastructure play in allowing for containerized resources to be utilized as needed? And how can we make use of machine intelligence to ensure our networks are highly efficient ones?

AGENDA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

11:00AM-12:00PM ET:

LEGACY INFRASTRUCTURE – CAN IT DELIVER A 6G WORLD?

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with Monisha Ghosh  of University of Notre Dame
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion

With the world fully embraced in the 4G era and 5G coming into its own, many operators will be looking to leverage their existing networks to offer 6G having already invested billions of dollars in building them. Whilst 6G is not seen as a mere enhancement of 5G, but a transformative standard in its own right, the industry will be keen to use existing assets to deliver this coming generation’s services. How can carriers plan their networks today to cost effectively deploy 6G in future? It is suggested that existing networks lack the resource diversification and virtualization needed for 6G connectivity. As such, what opportunities exist for operators to upgrade legacy networks to fill the 6G-gaps?

AGENDA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

2:00PM-3:00PM ET:

5G ADVANCED LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR 6G

2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote with Abhimanyu Gosain of Institute for Wireless Internet of Things
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

Defined in 3GPP’s Release 18, 5G Advanced will enhance existing network performance and support new use cases which will act as building blocks for the 6G ecosystem. Many 5G networks are being deployed across the world, the 5G advanced era will see new use cases, including Intelligent Network Automation, Extended Reality (XR), Reduced Capability NR Devices (RedCap) and Network Energy Savings. These use cases will usher in the 6G era, with XR gradually evolving to enable immersive human-machine communications, and RedCap devices utilizing energy from its surroundings and inputting them into digital twins. With this in mind, what investments should operators be making now to ensure the 5G Advanced use cases are fully in place and to get ahead of the game in laying the groundwork for 6G?

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

11:00AM-12:00PM ET:

DELIVERING THE 6G CONNECTIVITY ECOSYSTEM – THE ROLE OF INTELLIGENT SPACE-AIR-TERRESTRIAL NETWORKING

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with Ravi Sinha of Reliance Jio
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion

6G is envisioned to be the era where network services evolve and bring features that are intelligent, complex, and customizable. It is dubbed to be the network of convergence between information, data, and communication where big data and AI are fundamental components bringing to life some of the most intelligent 6G use cases, including networked robots, cognitive Internet of Things, and Autonomous Vehicles, and Digital Twins. Its success depends on a ubiquitous, high-speed global network. Space-Air-Ground Integrated Networks are considered an indispensable characteristic of 6G networks which could provide seamless global network coverage. How far away are we from this type of network, and how can we overcome some common challenges related to their deployment?

AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

2:00PM-3:00PM ET:

THE ROLE OF 6G IN ENSURING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

2:00PM-2:15PM: Fireside Chat with Saima Ansari of Deutsche Telekom AG
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

With the world facing an unprecedented climate emergency, it is the responsibility of all those in the telco industry to ensure the networks and technologies of tomorrow have a positive environmental and social impact. Not only will 6G networks enhance the operational efficiency of the network itself, but it will also allow many other industries to operate much more efficiently in terms of energy consumption and carbon emissions. For instance, studies have shown that smart grids enabled by 5G connectivity would reduce electricity and gas consumption by 12%, and this figure is poised to increase in the 6G era. Likewise, 6G connectivity coupled with sensor technology will allow for the growth of driverless cars, clean energy systems and an overall reduction in carbon emissions with greater traffic optimization.

AGENDA
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

11:00AM-12:00PM ET:

6G SENSING & COMMUNICATION

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote with Ana Garcia Armada of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion

One of the exciting applications for 6G is spatial sensing offered as a service to users or applications. The terahertz frequencies utilized in 6G connectivity will allow accurate spatial sensing technologies to become possible. Transmitted signals can be processed to create spatial knowledge of physical surroundings, and what’s more, a lot of the infrastructure needed to facilitate this exists already in legacy networks. The applications for spatial sensing span many industries, such as enhanced 6G connectivity itself, to traffic monitoring, to allowing robots to better position themselves and allow for more efficient manufacturing. However, spatial sensing will be its most efficient in high-frequency hotspots, whereas nationwide rollouts will be done in mid-to-low frequencies, therefore, what technological challenges need to be overcome for highly accurate special sensing and should this technology be industry-restricted?

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