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Trends in Standardization Towards 6G

Nidhi, N. ; Khan, B. ; Mihovska, A. ; Prasad, R. ; Velez, F. J.

Journal of ICT Standardization Vol. 9, Nº 3, pp. 327 - 348, December, 2021.

ISSN (print): 2245-800X
ISSN (online): 2246-0853

Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,20 (in 2021)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.13052/jicts2245-800X.932

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Mobile networks have always been an indispensable part of a fully connected digital society. The industry and academia have joined hands to develop technologies for the anticipated future wireless communication. The predicted Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and use cases for the 6G networks have raised the bar high. 6G networks are developing to provide the required infrastructure for many new devices and services. The 6G networks are conceptualized to partially inherit 5G technologies and standards but they will open the ground for innovations. This study provides the vision and requirements for beyond 5G (B5G) networks and emphasizes our vision on the required standards to reach a fully functional and interoperable 6G era in general. We highlight various KPIs and enabling technologies for the B5G networks. In addition, standardization activities and initiatives concerning challenges in the se of spectrum are diuscussed in detail.