6G Research Visions Webinar Series: Remote and Rural Area Connectivity Challenges and Solutions

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Date and Time: Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 5:00-6:30 PM (Helsinki, UTC/GMT +03:00, CET +01:00)

Join the webinar series highlighting the insights of the new 6G White Papers written by international Expert Groups!

The third webinar in the 6G Research Visions Webinar Series on 30 September 2020 presents key findings by the Expert Group that prepared the 6G White Paper on Connectivity for Remote Areas. In the 90-minute webinar, representatives of the group give talks on regulatory challenges, spectrum matters and wireless backhaul solutions for remote area connectivity.
The webinar is moderated by Dr. Harri Saarnisaari from University of Oulu who led the Expert Group.

Talks by Expert Group Represententatives

Expert Group representatives, presenting some of the group’s key discoveries, include Alok Pandey, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India; Brejesh Lall, Indian Institute of Technology, India; Mohamed-Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia; Abdelaali Chaoub, National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT), Morocco; and Adrian Kliks, Poznan University of Technology, Poland.

After the talks, a minimum of 30 minutes is reserved for discussion on remote area connectivity. A recorded video of the webinar will be openly available after the event.


The webinar series and individual webinars are free of charge and open to all interested in 6G research and development.

Please register for the webinar at the latest on 29 September. Registered participants will receive access information for Zoom via email.


The webinar series is organized by the Finnish 6G Flagship program and representatives of the 6G White Paper Expert Group. For more information please contact us via 6gflagship@oulu.fi.


Digital divide is increasing, and it is most emphasised in rural and remote areas.
The solution must be affordable and provide sufficient data rate and availability. Furthermore, it should be easy to use and adaptable to different cultures.
6G could be the first mobile connectivity generation that aims for closing the digital divide. To do so, it needs to concentrate on requirements and challenges in rural and remote areas from the beginning of the design cycle.
Affordable and sufficient service (data rate and availability) solutions do not call just for technical solutions but also for novel regulation and cooperation between various stakeholders (we do not mention financing challenges).
Technically, it uses mobile cellular (or alike) solutions in places where people live and work (digital oases as we call them) and various backhaul solutions including large cells, relay technology and satellite technology. All solutions should target for affordability and sufficient service, which might differ from targets set for new high data rate solutions for urban, high population areas.

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Last updated: 8.12.2020