IEEE Global Communications Conference
4–8 December 2022 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Accelerating the Digital Transformation through Smart Communications

WS23: The Emerging 5G and 6G Ecosystems

WS23: The Emerging 5G and 6G Ecosystems


Workshop tittle: The emerging 5G and 6G ecosystems

Scope: Understanding emerging 5G and 6G ecosystems effects, structures and drivers while facing challenges towards achieving sustainability and maximizing growth. 

The Workshop is triggered by recent contributions from European 5G PPP projects to joint working groups on business and architecture topics. The working groups articulated how disaggregation of telecommunication technologies and business services drive current market trends and make ecosystem approaches* highly relevant as a means to maximize growth and foster innovation in 5G and beyond and moving towards the 6G era. The Workshop will touch upon topics related to the role of ecosystems, ecosystem strategies, formulations, and business modelling tools in 5G/B5G/6G eras. It will address new challenges in the 5G and future 6G ecosystems related to sustainability, interoperability, and data management. The Workshop will host invited speakers acknowledged for their contribution to ecosystem evolution, societal challenges, and B5G business models, and call for cutting-edge contributions. In particular, the organizing group call for contributions from researchers around the globe. All authors will be invited to take part in panel discussions.

*Ecosystem: “an ecosystem encompasses a set of actors that contribute to the focal offer’s user value proposition” [Kapoor, R. 2018. Ecosystems: broadening the locus of value creation. Journal of Organization Design. Vol 7, 12.]

The European 5G PPP has hosted the working group on Business Validation, Models, and Ecosystem (BVME), under the umbrella of the 6G IA working group Vision and Societal Challenges. BVME has published two whitepapers on Business Validation and 5G ecosystems. Currently, the group works with a white paper on business models in the context of 5G – and 6G – ecosystems. The working group engages experts from across 5G PPP projects, who individually are recognized researchers in the 5G and 6G community who publish in recognized outlets.

Call for papers

5G introduced technologies that transform and will eventually open networks in new ways, which ultimately fuels firms’ innovation capacity; a tendency expected to be even more intense in 6G. This may lead to significant changes in dynamics and formulations in established telecom markets, due to the number of active firms and the different roles these can adopt.

The Workshop calls for papers from all continents to explore such dynamics (drivers, opportunities, and challenges) and to provide an outlook to forthcoming market formulations of “5G and beyond provisioning” and “Vertical Industries”. This is a timely discussion in the global 5G and 6G community currently shaping the future 6G vision because the ways in which markets develop often determine the evolution of technology roadmaps and vice-versa. Understanding the emerging market effects, structures and drivers at an early stage are critical so that future R&D efforts are steered to and address challenges of high impact. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies extending and deepening the 6G visioning stemming from use cases, KPIs, KVIs and future scenarios
  • Main drivers enabling the emergence of new ecosystems and business models, and challenges in their future evolution
  • Stakeholder analysis of 6G.  To develop a future oriented ecosystem involving large number of incumbents and novel stakeholders with distinct views, it is essential to understand the operational environment, key interactions, and their dynamics.
  • How technological advancements in the fields of networks and services foster the creation and evolution of ecosystems:
  • How disaggregation in telecommunication networks, and business services drive current market trends and make ecosystem approaches relevant to maximize growth and foster innovation in 5G and beyond, and 6G eras
  • The vision and reality of open systems and interoperability (Open RAN, Open SDNs) and their role in the evolution of ecosystems.
  • 6G technological breakthroughs further fueling the evolution of ecosystems.
  • 5G and beyond Vertical Ecosystems, Niche Ecosystems in e.g., railway, smart grid, smart city environments
  • The role of non-public networks in 5G and beyond ecosystems
  • New challenges for 5G and beyond ecosystems related to sustainability, interoperability and data management  
  • Ecosystem strategies and formulations in 5G and beyond, and 6G eras.
  • New approaches to business modelling and business modelling tools in 5G and 6G ecosystems.
  • Means to maximize growth and foster evolution of ecosystems.