IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
12–15 September 2022 // Virtual Conference

Panel 02: 6G Research Infrastructures – what, how and by whom?

Tuesday 13 September, 15:30-17:00 (UTC +9)


Various activities have been started for 5G and beyond to test new capabilities of mobile technology. There are numerous different vertical application areas never implemented in larger scale before. There are also new use cases requiring new players to get involved to the ecosystem. Also, some of the technology enablers will be totally new for 6G and we are potentially operating at significantly higher frequency bands. Therefore, the test networks implementation both for research and later validating some of the key features for 6G standard seems to be non-trivial if it ever was. Huge investments and long-term development activities are needed. Quite possible the pressure to collaborate internationally is higher than before due to several new use cases to be validated. As we are still in research phase without very clear idea how 6G system will look like, we still have good time to systematically approach necessary test platforms development to satisfy the 6G requirements to be defined by ITU at a later state.


  1. What type of 6G research infrastructures are being planned in your region? What is the frequency licensing policy to operate the test networks?
  2. How much could/should we rely on commercially available platforms and products, vs. how much in your opinion we would need to develop from scratch to validate e.g. some AI inspired technologies or future RF solutions?
  3. What critical functional blocks required for test platforms are we clearly missing where we should have specifically our eyes on?
  4. Energy efficiency and sustainable development is discussed increasingly, how should we try to tackle those in the validation of 6G?
  5. WRC’23 and in particular the next one scheduled to ’27 will decide on 6G frequencies. How should we take those milestones into account in test networks / validations perspectives?


Matti Latva-aho (University of Oulu, Finland)

List of Panelists

Akihiro Nakao (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Ari Pouttu (University of Oulu, Finland)

Serge Fdida (Sorbonne Université, France)

Thomas Magedanz (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

Ilgyu Kim (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea)


Akihiro Nakao (Member, IEEE) received the B.S. degree in physics and the M.E. degree in information engineering from The University of Tokyo, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Princeton University. He worked at IBM Yamato Laboratory, Tokyo Research Laboratory, and IBM, Austin, TX, USA. Since 2005, he has been an Associate Professor and then a Professor in applied computer science with the Interfaculty Initiative in Information (III) Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo. He is currently a Professor with the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He has been appointed as the Chairman of the 5G Mobile Network Promotion Forum (5GMF) Network Architecture Committee by the Government of Japan.

Ari Pouttu is a Professor with the Centre of Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu (UO), and is leading a research group targeting dependable wireless solutions, including solutions for 5G and beyond. Dr. Pouttu is Vice-director in national 6G Glagship where he is in charge of testnetwork development and related research activities supporting different verticals. Dr. Pouttu is also Chairman for Networld Europe Expert Advisory Group.

Serge Fdida is a Professor with Sorbonne Université (formally UPMC) since 1995. His research interests are related to the future internet technology and architecture. He has been leading many research projects in Future Networking in France and Europe, notably pioneering the European activity on federated Internet testbeds. He established PlanetLab Europe in 2007 and the OneLab and FIT facilities. Serge Fdida has published numerous scientific papers, in addition to a few patents and one rfc. He was one of the founders of the ACM Conext conference, general chair of ACM Mobicom 2015 and IEEE Infocom 2019. He is a Distinguished ACM Member and an IEEE Senior member. Serge Fdida has also developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, – he was the co-founder of the Qosmos company, – one of the active contributor to the creation of the Cap Digital cluster in Paris and President of EIT Health France. Currently, Dr. Fdida is coordinating SLICES, the first scientific instrument in Digital Sciences, supported by the EU ESFRI framework and is a co-founder of the Hopcast startup company.

Thomas Magedanz (PhD) has been professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks ( since 2004. In addition, since 2003 he has been Director of the Business Unit Software-based Networks (NGNI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS ( in Berlin. Since 2022 he is also acting as senior advisor of Uniberg GmbH, Germany. For more than 33 years Prof. Magedanz has been a globally recognized ICT expert and coach, developing open software toolkits and technology testbeds for emerging mobile network generations. His current research is focusing on the 5G evolution towards 6G driven by 5G Campus networks. In 1996 he published the first international book on “Intelligent Networks: Basic Technology, Standards and Evolution”. He recently co-edited the book “Shaping Future 6G Networks – Needs, Impacts, and Technologies” which appeared at IEEE/Wiley in Winter 2021.

Ilgyu Kim received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics engineering from the University of Seoul, South Korea, in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in information communications engineering from KAIST, in 2009. He worked with Shinsegi Telecom, from 1994 to 1999, where he took part in the optimization of IS-95 CDMA radio network and the international standardization of W-CDMA. Since 2000, he has been with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, where he involved in the standardization and development of WCDMA, HSPA, and LTE. He was in charge of the development of LTE UE modem chip set and MHN system. Since 2019, he has been an Assistant Vice President of ETRI and the Managing Director of the Future Mobile Communication Research Division. His current research interests include millimeter wave/THz communications and future mobile communications.

Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme. Prof. Latva-aho has published over 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.