6G Global Summit 2023

Event Overview

The 6G Global Summit will take place on 3 – 4 May 2023 as a hybrid event. Delegates are able to choose to attend the event in person in the Kingdom of Bahrain or online using our virtual platform.

Following the summit’s successful launch as a virtual event in 2022, we are delighted to now be working alongside The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain to introduce an in-person element for the first time. We look forward to welcoming as many delegates as possible in-person to the city of Manama for 2 full days of discussion, networking and live demonstrations.

Registration is free of charge, and with places limited we invite you to book your place now:

 

All around the world, work on developing the 6G vision is picking up pace. We are on the brink of a new era of connectivity that promises to revolutionize industries and transform the way we live, work and communicate.

The 6G Global Summit will bring together top-level industry and policy representatives from all around the world to explore the path to 2030 and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Early visions and research on future 6G technologies and requirements will be discussed, along with the key drivers, applications and use cases that are emerging. With sustainability expected to be at the heart of 6G, there is the potential over the next few years to build an ecosystem that helps to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Join key global leaders at The 6G Global Summit, and be part of shaping a better future with 6G.

 

Lessons from the ‘G’ evolution

Key theme 4

6G use cases and technologies

R&D and standards - avoiding fragmentation

Challenges, drivers and enabling technologies

Key theme 1

New spectrum bands and licencing models

6G and key societal goals

Organisers

Forum Global
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GSA
GSOA
Huawei
Nokia
Qualcomm
ZTE
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Last Year's Speakers Included

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Peter Stuckmann

Interim Director of the 6G SNS Joint Undertaking and Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems

European Commission

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Young-Jo Ko

Director of 6G Wireless Technology Research, Mobile Communication Research Division

ETRI

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Wang Zhiqin

Chair, IMT-2020 (5G) & IMT-2030 (6G) Promotion Group of China & Vice President

China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT)

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Kyu-Jin Wee

Vice-Chair, ITU WP 5D & Chairman

APG-23, APT

Abdulah Al Johani 240

Abdulah Aljohani

Research & Innovation Consultant

CITC Saudi Arabia

Ethan_Lucarelli

Ethan Lucarelli

Legal Advisor for Wireless and International issues for Chairwoman Rosenworcel

FCC

Chris Woolford 240

Chris Woolford

Director, International Spectrum Policy

Ofcom, UK

Colin 240

Colin Willcock

Chairman

6G-IA

David B

David Boswarthick

Director of New Technologies (NET)

ETSI

Gurdip Singh 240

Gurdip Singh

Director Division of Computer and Network Systems

US National Science Foundation

Monisha 240

Monisha Ghosh

Professor

University of Notre Dame

Seizo Onoe 240

Seizo Onoe

Executive Vice President and Chief Standardization Strategy Officer

NTT CORP

Munira J

Munira Jaffar

Chair, Standards Working Group

Global Satellite Operator Association (GSOA)

Liu G

Liu Guangyi

Leading Specialist and 6G Director, China Mobile

Leading Specialist and 6G Director, China Mobile

Dave Wright 240

Dave Wright

Head of Global Wireless Policy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Erika Tejedor

Erika Tejedor

Director of Government and Industry Relations

Ericsson

Ruyue Liu

Ruyue Li

VP of Radio System Research and Standardization

ZTE

Ozge 240

Ozge Koymen

Senior Director, Technology

Qualcomm

Volker Ziegler

Volker Ziegler

Senior Technology Advisor & Chief Architect

Nokia

Weng Ton 240

Wen Tong

CTO, Wireless

Huawei

Agenda

You can view the agenda in your preferred time zone by selecting it from the list below.

Day 1
2022-09-15
Day 2
2022-09-16
12:30 - 13:30
Session 1 – Progress in developing national and regional roadmaps for 6G
Session 1 – Progress in developing national and regional roadmaps for 6G image
Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
Session 1 – Progress in developing national and regional roadmaps for 6G image
Peter Stuckmann
Interim Director of the 6G SNS Joint Undertaking and Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
Session 1 – Progress in developing national and regional roadmaps for 6G image
Wang Zhiqin
Chair, IMT-2020 (5G) & IMT-2030 (6G) Promotion Group of China; and Vice President, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology
Session 1 – Progress in developing national and regional roadmaps for 6G image
Abdulah Aljohani
Research & Innovation Consultant, CITC Saudi Arabia
Session 1 – Progress in developing national and regional roadmaps for 6G image
Ethan Lucarelli
Legal Advisor for Wireless and International issues for Chairwoman Rosenworcel, FCC
13:30 - 14:50
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G

Each new generation of connectivity is broadly thought to have a 10 year cycle process. This means that whilst 6G may still seem a long way away with its expected launch date of 2030, we are already well into arguably the most important ‘stage one’ for this cycle of development. This is where early visions for 6G, including technical goals and potential market targets are explored. With a huge range of potential technical avenues initially available, it is important that these are narrowed down relatively quickly in order to focus on a much smaller number of reasonably achievable visions and goals. This session will look at the early visions of 6G, and at the drivers that are shaping these. Taking a perspective from a technical, societal, policy and business point of view, it will explore the key objectives that we should be looking to meet with 6G, and the best way forward in order to deliver these.

 

  • What visions for 6G are emerging and how is it expected that 6G will differ from 5G?
  • To what extent can some of the initial goals of 5G which arguably haven’t been fully achieved by this current generation of connectivity start to become a reality as we move towards 6G?
  • What new use cases and market opportunities are expected to emerge?
  • What are the key drivers of 6G from both a societal and government standpoint?
  • How important is it that wider societal goals (such as tackling climate change,
    sustainable economic growth and delivering broadband for all) are kept at the centre of 6G development?
  • To what extent is early work on 6G involving coordinated strategies involving
    stakeholder groups, and how important is it that key industry groups beyond IMT are part of early 6G development?
  • What will the path towards 6G look like, and what will be the main challenges that need to be overcome in order to ensure the 6G vision is delivered and that its potential is maximised?
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Moderator: Dr. Mike Short
Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Young-Jo Ko
Principal Researcher, ETRI, Korea
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Colin Willcock
Chairman, 6G-IA
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Gurdip Singh
Director Division of Computer and Network Systems, US National Science Foundation
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Ozge Koymen
Senior Director, Technology, Qualcomm
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Volker Ziegler
Senior Technology Advisor & Chief Architect, Nokia
Session 2 – Visions and drivers for 6G image
Ruyue Li
VP of Radio System Research and Standardization, ZTE
14:50 - 15:30
Session 3 – A glimpse of the future: 6G use cases and technologies

This showcase session will provide the opportunity to build on the vision of 6G that was discussed in the last session by providing showcases from key technology providers and linking up to test centres to see first-hand on the work that is being done around the development of 6G use cases and technologies.

 

Featuring showcases from Ericsson, Huawei, Qualcomm and ZTE.

15:30 - 16:00
Break
16:00 - 17:10
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the lessons from ‘previous Gs’

Across the world, a wide range of different organisations at a national, regional and international level are starting work on early development of 6G standards. A global ‘race’ is developing, as early movers jostle to ensure that they are playing a part in shaping the next generation network architecture, and ensuring their seat at the top table as the technology develops. This factor, coupled with currently geopolitical challenges, has led to growing concerns that the emergence of regionally fragmented standards and ecosystems for 6G could be a real danger. To avoid this and to start laying the foundations for a global standard, it is vital that close working relationships and a co-ordinated approach amongst these early movers is achieved, and that early research and development is shared. This session will look at the extent to which integration and coordination in this way is being seen, and at what needs to be done to ensure that these concerns of fragmentation are avoided. Drawing on lessons from the development of previous ‘Gs’, it will look at the path forward to deliver the global standards for 6G that are crucial for interoperability, widespread ecosystem development and economies of scale.

 

  • What work is already being done on R&D and very early pre-commercial
    development of 6G, and to what extent are approaches being coordinated and
    shared?
  • What role are standards bodies and open source groups playing in these early pre-commercial developments and work?
  • What timelines are expected to be seen in the development of 6G standards across different standards development organisations?
  • How can early movers overcome the dichotomy between the need for collaboration in the development of 6G global standards, and the goal to securing technological sovereignty and to reduce reliance on third-party suppliers?
  • How can companies, governments and regional bodies overcome both this and current geopolitical challenges in order to achieve the cohesiveness that is required in order to deliver a single, unified global 6G standard?
  • What effect could the emergence of Open-RAN technologies have on the equipment market beyond 5G, and on standards more broadly?
  • What lessons can be learnt from early development of previous Gs, where directly competing regional standards have sometimes led to a segmented ecosystem (for example with 3G)? How can these pitfalls be avoided as we move towards 6G?
  • With 6G potentially expected to see the widespread emergence of hybrid networks and seamless connectivity between Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite, to what extent does this element need to be part of the consideration at the earliest stage when starting to think about standards?
  • Can a global harmonised 6G standard be a reality?
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the  lessons from ‘previous Gs’ image
Moderator: Marc Eschenburg
Partner, Aetha Consulting
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the  lessons from ‘previous Gs’ image
Seizo Onoe
Executive Vice President and Chief Standardization Strategy Officer, NTT CORP & Fellow, NTT DOCOMO, INC
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the  lessons from ‘previous Gs’ image
Bernard Barani
Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the  lessons from ‘previous Gs’ image
Wen Tong
CTO, Wireless, Huawei
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the  lessons from ‘previous Gs’ image
David Boswarthick
Director of New Technologies, ETSI
Session 4 – Avoiding fragmentation in 6G standards: Learning the  lessons from ‘previous Gs’ image
Petr Ledl
Board Member, O-RAN Alliance
12:30 - 12:50
Keynote Presentation: Setting the Scene: Building the 6G connectivity ecosystem
Keynote Presentation: Setting the Scene: Building the 6G connectivity ecosystem image
Stuart Cooke
Chair, Global Spectrum Team, GSA
12:50 - 14:00
Session 5i – The 6G Spectrum Vision – key bands for delivering the required connectivity

With no spectrum bands having yet been identified for 6G at either an international or national level, this session will look at the candidates that could potentially offer the required connectivity across the low, medium and high frequencies. With the demand across all frequencies that is expected to be seen be seen, it will look at the different spectrum bands, technologies and tools that will be available to regulators and connectivity providers in order to meet the 20 times increase in capacity that is expected to be required to fully enable the multitude of new use cases that come with 6G.

 

  • What mix bands (from low to ultra-high) will be required to meet the future coverage and capacity demands of 6G? What early bands are being discussed as possible options to meet these requirements?
  • What role can WRC-27 play in identifying key spectrum bands for 6G and helping to deliver a harmonised global bandplan?
  • Where is current research around 6G spectrum bands being focused, and what frequency ranges are likely to be the most important as we move towards 2030 and beyond?
  • To what extent will 6G see the utilization of new spectrum bands in frequencies that previously have been seen outside the boundaries of useable bandwidth?
  • Is all the current hype around terahertz frequencies for 6G justified, or are we more likely to see a similar trend to 5G where bands in lower frequencies (eg centimetric range: 7GHz – 15/20/24GHz) become the mainstay of 6G systems?
  • In this case, how can the needs to existing users in these bands be balanced with the needs for 6G?
  • To what extent can these demands be met by the refarming of existing mobile bands, and in which areas will new bands be required?
  • With satellite and airbourne connectivity expected to be key to delivering the
    ubiquitous coverage that is envisioned for 6G, how can it be ensured that the
    spectrum needs of these key technologies are also met?
Session 5i – The 6G Spectrum Vision – key bands for delivering the  required connectivity image
Moderator: Janette Stewart
Partner, Analysys Mason
Session 5i – The 6G Spectrum Vision – key bands for delivering the  required connectivity image
Kyu-Jin Wee
Chairman, APG-23, APT & Vice-Chair, WP5D
Session 5i – The 6G Spectrum Vision – key bands for delivering the  required connectivity image
Erika Tejedor
Director of Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
Session 5i – The 6G Spectrum Vision – key bands for delivering the  required connectivity image
Ben Allen
Director, Communication Systems Engineering, OneWeb
Session 5i – The 6G Spectrum Vision – key bands for delivering the  required connectivity image
Tassos Lyratzis
Co-Chair, Subgroup for 6G Development, RSPG
14:00 - 14:20
Break
14:20 - 15:30
Session 5ii – The role of sharing and innovative licencing models in meeting the needs of 6G

Regulators will have to balance the need to find spectrum for 6G with the continued demand for additional spectrum for 5G and intensified competition from a diverse range of both existing and new players. Against this backdrop, and also considering the fact that it seems very likely that 6G is going to require large blocks of contiguous spectrum in an already highly crowded ecosystem, it will be impossible to meet these needs through the identification of new bands. There is also going to need to be a focus on innovative new sharing and licencing models in order to meet the required connectivity. This session will explore the expected evolution of spectrum sharing and licencing, and more broadly at how the framework governing access to spectrum may evolve as we move towards the era of 6G.

 

  • What work is being done around the world on the development of new and innovative approaches of spectrum sharing to meet the needs of B5G and 6G?
  • What role will spectrum sharing in both existing and new bands play in future 6G development?
  • What advancements in technologies (such as Next Generation Massive MIMO & AI Driven Systems) are being seen and are expected to be seen in coming years in order to increase the feasibility and efficiency of spectrum sharing?
  • Beyond sharing, what innovative new licencing models and approaches can help deliver the required connectivity for the numerous use cases that are expected to be enabled by 6G?
  • How may regulators have to adapt traditional methods of assigning and licencin spectrum and what innovative new ways of using the spectrum in these bands could be used?
  • To what extent can advancements in technologies such as Next Generation Massive MIMO & AI Driven Systems help to optimise connectivity system performance and contribute to enabling the 6G future?
Session 5ii – The role of sharing and innovative licencing models in  meeting the needs of 6G image
Moderator: Elena Scaramuzzi
Head of Global Research, Cullen International
Session 5ii – The role of sharing and innovative licencing models in  meeting the needs of 6G image
Chris Woolford
Director, International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom
Session 5ii – The role of sharing and innovative licencing models in  meeting the needs of 6G image
Dave Wright
Head of Global Wireless Policy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
Session 5ii – The role of sharing and innovative licencing models in  meeting the needs of 6G image
Monisha Ghosh
Professor, University of Notre Dame
Session 5ii – The role of sharing and innovative licencing models in  meeting the needs of 6G image
Liu Guangyi
Leading Specialist and 6G Director, China Mobile
15:30 - 16:40
Session 6 – 6G for Good: Keeping societal goals at the centre of 6G development

If harnessed correctly, 6G has a huge potential to make a positive impact across almost all areas of society, and key ‘buzz-words’ such as sustainability, inclusiveness, human-centric are used almost universally when discussing goals and objectives for 6G. But what do these actually mean in practice, and how can it ensured that the most pressing societal challenges truly are kept at the heart of 6G? This session will look at these questions and more, and at the path that needs to be taken to ensure that 6G delivers on its potential of helping to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges.

 

  • How can 6G be best harnessed to help contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other pressing societal challenges such as tackling the digital divide?
  • How can connectivity providers work with vertical users to ensure that the smarter, low-impact networks enabled by 6G help businesses across a variety of sectors reduce their carbon footprint?
  • What targets should be set and what early work needs to be done during this early stage of 5G planning and design in order to ensure that these key goals are part of the fundamental design consideration of 6G?
  • What will be the biggest challenges to delivering a sustainably-run and green 6G, and how can these be addressed?
  • How can stakeholders work together at this early stage of 6G research to share best practice in delivering sustainable and energy efficiency end-to-end network infrastructure and equipment? What potential new performance indicators and metrics can be used to evaluate these sustainable design targets?
  • How can it be ensured that the provision of rural connectivity and closing the digital divide is at the centre of planning for 6G? What role can non-terrestrial connectivity providers and new network infrastructures such as integrated space and terrestrial networks (ISTNs) play in delivering this?
Session 6 – 6G for Good: Keeping societal goals at the centre of 6G  development image
Moderator: Knud Erik Skouby
Professor Emeritus, Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Aalborg University
Session 6 – 6G for Good: Keeping societal goals at the centre of 6G  development image
Munira Jaffar
Chair, Standards Working Group, Global Satellite Operator Association (GSOA)
Session 6 – 6G for Good: Keeping societal goals at the centre of 6G  development image
Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Vice President for Research, KAUST University
Session 6 – 6G for Good: Keeping societal goals at the centre of 6G  development image
Benjamin Kwasi Addom
Advisor, Agriculture & Fisheries Trade Policy, Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda, The Commonwealth Secretariat
Session 6 – 6G for Good: Keeping societal goals at the centre of 6G  development image
Gustav Wikström
Chair, Societal Needs and Value Creation Sub-Group, 6G-IA
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Event Background

The inaugural 6G Global Summit took place in 2022 as a fully virtual event. We look forward to introducing an in-person element for the 2023 edition. 

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Joshua Robson using any of the following details:

Joshua Robson, Event Manager, Forum Global

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 026

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