6G development meets another milestone, breakthrough in network architecture design

  Although the 6G network architecture is still in the research stage, the "China Mobile 6G Network Architecture Technology White Paper" (hereinafter referred to as the "White Paper") recently released by China Mobile has been regarded by the industry as a milestone in the development of 6G.

  This latest research achievement in the industry is based on the 2020 "2030+ Network Architecture Outlook" white paper by China Mobile, which further enriches the development drivers, design concepts, overall design, system design, networking design, etc. of the 6G network architecture. .

  Gao Tongqing, deputy general manager of China Mobile, introduced that, like the skeleton and center of a mobile communication system, the network architecture is the core of the 6G system.

As one of the core symbols of the intergenerational development of mobile communication networks, the forward-looking, feasibility and compatibility of network architecture design will directly affect the development path and application results of mobile communication networks, and must be considered in advance.

  Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that the 6G network architecture is the focus of global attention. The "White Paper" has made forward-looking attempts and explorations on the design of 6G network architecture. significance.

  The "White Paper" emphasizes that the architecture design of 6G network should not only face the transformation of the digital era, be highly compatible with the national strategy, but also consider the driving force of new scenarios and new needs, and also demonstrate the development trend of new technologies in cross-border fields and the feasibility of introducing them. sex.

  Xiang Jiying, Chief Scientist of ZTE, said: "The White Paper innovatively summarizes the new features of the 6G network architecture as three-body, four-layer, and five-sided. This is the first time the industry has seen such a high degree of condensed and easy-to-understand. A summary of the characteristics of the network architecture.”

  According to China Mobile, the "three-body" refers to the network ontology, the management and orchestration body, and the digital twin; It is the control plane, user plane, data plane, intelligent plane, and security plane.

  6G is the focus of technological innovation in the global mobile communication industry. Global communication technology powerhouses, leading operators and technology companies have all joined the ranks of 6G research and development.

Although the technology research and development for 6G is still in the exploratory stage, when it will happen and how it will change human society are the issues that the public continues to pay attention to.

  According to the development rhythm of "use generation, construction generation, research and development generation" in the mobile communication industry, the industry predicts that 6G will be commercialized around 2030.

  According to the scenario presented in the "White Paper on 6G Overall Vision and Potential Key Technologies" released by the IMT-2030 (6G) Promotion Group, 6G will further expand from serving people, people and things to supporting efficient interconnection of intelligent entities on the basis of 5G. , realize the transition from the Internet of Everything to the Intelligent Connection of Everything, and finally help human society realize the beautiful vision of "Intelligent Connection of Everything and Digital Twin".

  You Xiaohu, deputy director and chief scientist of Zijinshan Laboratory and professor of Southeast University, said: "Although 6G is a new generation of mobile communications after 2030, the development of 5G will lay the foundation for 6G. The gradual integration of 5G technologies and a smooth transition will make existing 5G investments more effective and future 6G development more solid."

  In this regard, Zhang Ping, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, also pointed out that the network architecture needs to be upwardly compatible and downwardly developed, and it is necessary to pay attention to the role of intelligence on network simplicity factors, and to reduce the cost of network complexity through intelligence to achieve entropy reduction. .