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Hexa-X The European 6G flagship project

Uusitalo, Mikko Aleksi; Rugeland, Patrik; Boldi, Mauro; Calvanese Strinati, Emilio; Carrozzo, Gino; Demestichas, Panagiotis; Ericson, Mårten; Fettweis, Gerhard; Hamon, Marie-Helene; Latva-aho, Matti; Martrat, Josep; Parssinen, Aarno; Richerzhagen, Bjoern; Sabella, Dario; Schotten, Hans; Serrano, Pablo; Stea, Giovanni; Svensson, Tommy; Ustundag Soykan, Elif; Wikstrom, Gustav; Ziegler, Volker; Zou, Yaning

Hexa-X will pave the way to the next generation of wireless networks (Hexa) by explorative research (X). The Hexa-X vision is to connect human, physical, and digital worlds with a fabric of sixth generation (6G) key enablers. The vision is driven by the ambition to contribute to objectives of growth, global sustainability, trustworthiness, and digital inclusion. Key 6G value indicators and use cases are defined against the background of technology push, society and industry pull as well as objectives of technology sovereignty. Key areas of research have been formulated accordingly to include connecting intelligence, network of networks, sustainability, global service coverage, extreme experience, and trustworthiness. Critical technology enablers for 6G are developed in the project including, sub-THz transceiver technologies, accurate stand-alone positioning and radio-based imaging, improved radio performance, artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) inspired radio access network (RAN) technologies, future network architectures and special purpose solutions including future ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) schemes. Besides technology enablers, early trials will be carried out to help assess viability and performance aspects of the key technology enablers. The 6G Hexa-X project is integral part of European and global research effort to help define the best possible next generation of networks.

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