6G Architecture Landscape – new white paper for public consultation

The 5G Architecture Working Group as part of the 5G PPP Initiative is identifying capturing novel trends and key technological enablers for the realization of the 5G and 6G architecture. It also targets at presenting in a harmonized way the architectural concepts developed in various projects and initiatives (not limited to 5G PPP projects only) so as to provide a consolidated view on the technical directions for the architecture design in the 5G/6G era.

The first version of the 5G Architecture white paper was released in July 2016, which captured novel trends and key technological enablers for the realization of the 5G architecture vision along with harmonized architectural concepts from 5G PPP Phase 1 projects and initiatives. Capitalizing on the architectural vision and framework set by the first version of the white paper, the Version 2.0 of the white paper was released in January 2018 and Version 3.0 in February 2020, presented the latest findings and analyses of 5G PPP Phase I projects along with the concept evaluations. The last version 4.0 was released in October 2021, presented the outcome of the projects from 5G PPP phase II and III.

The work has continued with the 5G PPP Phase II, III and now Phase IV. Phase IV includes the projects that are defining the architecture for 6G. The results of the Architecture Working Group are now captured in this version of the white paper, which presents the consolidated European view on the 6G architecture design.

The latest results of the Working Group are now captured in this new  “6G Architecture Landscape – European perspective” white paper. The goal of this white paper is to summarize the findings from the European research landscape on the first version of the 6G architecture. This includes the various technical enablers as well as the first End-to-End system and functional view of the 6G architecture structure.

You can download the paper here:  The 6G Architecture Landscape – a European perspective.


You are now invited to contribute constructive comments on 5G-PPP Architecture WG approach to the 5G Architecture by sending your opinions on version 1.0 to the White paper editors by clicking here.

Comments are welcome within the next two weeks, by 22/12/22, and, depending on the nature of the comments, either version 1 will be updated or new topics will be considered for a later Version.

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