As Indian operators execute one of the fastest roll outs of 5G network alongside increasing pace of global 5G deployment, the world in parallel is also witnessing an enthusiastic interest in research and innovation towards the next generation of mobile standards – the 6G standards. These are referred to a IMT2030 in the “IMT2030 Framework” document has recently (June 2023) been approved as a Draft New Recommendation by ITU-R WP 5D. It contains the Vision for IMT-2030 and Beyond covering enhanced and new usage scenarios, capabilities compared to those proposed in IMT-2020. IMT-2030 is expected to serve as a fundamental infrastructure to enable new user and application trends both in India and globally. India has its active share of contribution to this ITU framework document.
This session will provide an overview of the ITU framework on IMT-2030 and beyond usage scenarios and capabilities. There will also be a panel discussion on usage scenarios wherein stakeholders from the key vertical, among others, automotive, health, those using XR/VR extensively etc will share their thoughts on the expectations from 6G to serve the emerging applications.
Session Co-Chairs: Jishnu Aravindakshan (Tejas Networks); Subhas Mondal (HFCL)
Session Convener: A K Mittal
Session Coordinator: Sweta Singh
Session Schedule: 3 October 2023, 14:00 – 16:05 IST
Despite India’s significant progress in Broadband connectivity, more than 40% of our rural populations are still unconnected. The promise of ubiquitous connectivity, facilitated by Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), Broadcast Broadband Networks and other technologies, holds the potential to bridge this digital divide and connect those who are still unconnected.
The keynotes in this session will delve deep into the world of ubiquitous connectivity & Broadcast Broadband technologies. This will be followed by a thought provoking panel discussion on how ubiquitous connectivity can be realized within the unique context of India.
In November 2022, ITU-R published the report on “Future technology trends of terrestrial International Mobile Telecommunications systems towards 2030 and beyond” that captures the various emerging technologies for 6G. These technologies will be the potential building blocks for 6G.
This session will provide an overview of the technology trends for IMT 2030 and beyond. It will begin with keynotes on emerging technology trends for 6G and technologies to enhance radio interface and radio network. This will be followed by a panel discussion addressing more specific topics like waveform design, integrated sensing and communication etc.
The session shall focus on some of the 6G standardization activities ongoing in International SDOs like ITU, IEEE and 3GPP along with potential technological advancements which may play an important role in 6G.
ITU-R Study Group 5 has adopted the framework for IMT-2030 and beyond, which defines usage scenarios as well as capabilities for 6G networks.
The session focuses on potential areas such as Immersive Communication, Hyper Reliable and Low-Latency Communications, AI/ML, Sensing communication and Ubiquitous connectivity, and address how these contribute towards building the next generation networks.
Session Co-Chairs: V K Roy, (DDG SRI, DoT); Shwetha Kiran (IIT Bombay)
Session Convener: Rajesh Kapoor
Session Coordinator: Chandrakanta Rathore
Session Schedule: 4 October 2023, 14:30 – 16:30 IST
As the sixth-generation (6G) specification work progresses in the ITU for the IMT 2030 requirements, it is essential to lay the groundwork for a transformative and resilient communication system.
This session aims to provide a comprehensive overview of core principles, technologies, and challenges associated with the development of 6G networks. It will investigate the role of of openness, in context of and open standards, open-source collaboration and interoperability to foster innovation. It will discuss how 6G networks that are “Open” on one hand should be designed with inherent “Resilience”, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity in the face of dynamic and unpredictable conditions, such as susceptibility to environmental conditions due to high frequency, new and difficult to predict cyber threats due to open and deeper integrations, resource unpredictability due to dynamic and self organizing network allocations.
The 6th Generation mobile networks are expected to provide an omnipresent wireless experience with intelligence, merging the physical and digital worlds seamlessly. The networks will leverage a wide range of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), enhanced edge computing, molecular communication, THz, visible light communication (VLC), and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). Future networks are also expected to see interworking of classical and Quantum technologies.
In this scenario, new mechanisms for authentication, encryption, access control, communication, and malicious activity detection, will be required to achieve enhanced levels of trustworthiness and privacy, over and above the security requirements.
This session will discuss the security challenges and solution approaches from a use case and network deployment perspective, including RAN, IoT and Edge, Post Quantum Cryptography, and industry applications.
As 5G services, launched in October 2022 in India are getting rolled out, our research and development community, academia, technology startups and industry are gearing for the next G – 6G (aka IMT2030) technologies which is expected to be available in 2030.
India has made significant contributions to the development of global 5G standards through TSDSI. We are presently engaged in technical studies covering a wide range of subjects related to 6G technologies. TSDSI and its members have made contributions to the “IMT2030 Framework” that has recently been approved as a Draft New Recommendation by ITU-R SG5. Being a sector member of ITU, we facilitate contributions to the study groups of ITU-R and ITU-T.
TSDSI is one of the seven organizational partners of 3GPP, the global partnership project where specifications for telecom spanning access, core and service capabilities are developed. Our members contributed to the development of 5G specifications at 3GPP and are now actively engaged in development of Beyond 5G technologies – in Release 18 and 19. TSDSI is also a Partner of oneM2M, the global standardization initiative for development of standards that enable interoperable, secure, and simple-to-deploy services for the IoT ecosystem.
We also have partnership agreements with several international standards forums, to collaborate in development of globally harmonized standards.
TSDSI is executing various initiatives to promote deeper engagement of the Indian technology community – including research, academia and start-ups, in standards development.
This session will provide the participants with an overview of the technical standards and reports published by TSDSI, our current technical activities, our engagement with global standards forums, and workplans of ITU, 3GPP and oneM2M. It will also describe the standards development processes followed at TSDSI.
Session Schedule: 6 October 2023, 14:00 – 15:20 IST
Venue: Hybrid (India Habitat Centre, New Delhi & Online Over Airmeet)
The combine of telecom and IT has become a fundamental infrastructure component in today’s hyper-connected world. Introduction of mobile telephony in the early 90s in India led to a sharp increase in teledensity, making it the primary mode of connectivity for our people. We continue to rely heavily on wireless technologies, even for fixed connections inside buildings.
The 5G rollout is expected to realise new applications in diverse verticals. Convergence of broadcast-broadband and emergence of commercially viable satellite technologies have further opened new avenues for providing digitally powered services.
Even as we leverage these technologies for our socio-economic progress, we must be conscious of the carbon footprint resulting from this rapid increase in communications and compute volumes. This footprint includes, but is not necessarily limited to, energy efficiency and utilization of material resources across the value chain. In fact, sustainability has been recognised as a key design principle in the IMT2030 Framework document released by ITU-R WP5D. Fiberization, low energy wireless communicaton, and intelligence distributed across the network will play a key role in 6G for achieving sustainability. In this context, India has adopted a mission for transitioning to a “circular economy” in key sectors, including telecommunications.
The conference theme session will host a panel with experts drawn from India and abroad to discuss strategies for “Building a Sustainable future with 6G in India”. The panel will discuss:
Session Co-Chairs: Bhaskar Ramamurthi (IIT Madras); Suresh Chitturi (Samsung Research)
Session Convener: Bindoo Srivastava
Session Coordinator: Jaskirat Singh/Niwedita Pathak
Session Schedule: 6 October 2023, 15:45 – 17:00 IST
Schedule: 6 October 2023, 17:00-18:00 IST
Venue: Hybrid (India Habitat Centre, New Delhi & Online over AIRMEET)