ATIS’ Next G Alliance (NGA) today announced release of 6G Technologies for Wide Area Cloud Evolution, a new report presenting a future vision of the fundamental technologies needed to evolve from 5G to a dynamic 6G cloud technology.
The 6G wide area cloud (WAC) is envisioned to be composed of intelligent and ubiquitous computing, communication and data services spanning across regional and metro area data centers, cell sites, on-premise equipment and devices. This report provides a deep dive into the concept of the 6G WAC and offers in-depth analysis of key aspects to address when integrating cloud and communications. Key research challenges are explored for each of these areas.
“A key difference between 6G and previous generations will likely be the integration of compute and communications,” said Stephen Hayes (Ericsson), Vice Chair NGA Technology Working Group. “This report explores the research areas needed to meet the demanding requirements of applications that will rely on the network not only for communications but also to offload compute tasks.”
“Envision the future 6G network as a vast array of sensors, users, applications and services that will both produce and consume vast amounts of data that passes through various jurisdictional, business and geopolitical domains,” noted Next G Alliance Managing Director Mike Nawrocki. “The network must ensure that the QoS requirements for accessing and processing this data are met. It must also ensure that privacy, security and legal constraints on the data are met, both when the data is at rest and on the move. This report addresses what it will take to help the 6G wide area cloud facilitate these goals.”