6G-NTN - 6G Non-terrestrial Networks

Ico_CTTC
Start: 01/01/2023
End: 31/12/2025
Funding: European
Status: On going
Research unit:
Space and Resilient Communications and Systems (SRCOM)
Acronym: 6G-NTN
Code: 101096479

The 6G-NTN project aims at researching and developing innovative technical, business, regulatory, and standardization enablers to achieve full and seamless integration of the Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) component into the 6G system and establish the European leadership in this domain. The vision is to extend coverage, resilience, and sustainability of next generation mobile networks, meeting needs and expectations of both vertical and consumer market segments, while unleashing new value chains and creating broad societal impact.

The proposed concept of full-fledged integration of the NTN component into 6G leverages multiple key project outcomes that will pave the way for a service roll-out in the 2030-35 time frame:

  • a sustainable and resilient 3D multi-layered (GSO, NGSO, HAPS, drones) network architecture.
  • a software defined payload adapted to all flying platforms and all frequency bands
  • a very low Earth orbiting space segment
  • a flexible waveform supporting terrestrial and non-terrestrial deployments.
  • the support of smart phones and vehicle/drone mounted terminals
  • the use of new spectrum (i.e. C and Q/V bands) in coexistence with the terrestrial network component
  • high accuracy and reliable positioning solutions.

The newly designed NTN component will deliver: i.e. uRLLC (latency < 10 ms) and advanced eMBB (data rate up to several hundred of Mbps) services to vehicle, drone mounted ultra-small size devices, and battery activated nomadic terminals; ii. improved eMBB services to smartphones; iii. short emergency messaging services to smartphones in light indoor/in-vehicle environments; and iv. High accuracy (<10 cm) and reliable location service to both devices categories.

By pulling together leading players across all involved industrial, research and innovation areas, the 6G-NTN ambition is to become the flagship R&I project to define the 6G NTN component and to drive its standardization in 3GPP.

Miguel Ángel Vázquez
PI/Project Leader
Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira
Researcher
Luis Blanco
Researcher
Musbah Shaat
Researcher
Pol Henarejos
Researcher
Màrius Caus
Researcher
Xavier Artiga
Researcher
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Coordinator
Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya
THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE
SES TECHCOM S.A.
ERICSSON AB
Orange SA
Martel GMBH
Thales dis ais Deutschland GMBH
Greenerwave
Thales six GTS France SAS
Thales Alenia Space UK LTD
Ericsson France
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Qualcomm Communications SARL
Digital for Planet
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