6G Research Visions Webinar Series:

Remote and Rural Area Connectivity Challenges and Solutions

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

About the Event

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 representatives:

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

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

Harri Saarnisaari received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oulu in 2000, where he has been with Centre for Wireless Communications since 1994. He is currently a university researcher and his current research interest include remote area connectivity, especially in the Arctic areas. He led the 6G white paper writing group about “remote area connectivity” during 2020.

Alok Pandey (Colonel) is an Indian Army Veteran from the Corps of Signals. A technocrat at heart, his areas of interest include Telecom, IT, Cyber Security and associated Public Policy. He has been a Joint Advisor with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He is currently researching in the field of Regulatory Challenges for Emerging Telecom Technologies.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.

Brejesh Lall received his Ph.D degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1999. Earlier, he received his bachelors and masters degree in Electronics and Communications from Delhi College of Engineering in 1991 and 1992 respectively. He is currently a Professor in the department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Previously, he served in the Digital Signal Processing Group of Hughes Software Systems for 8 years. His research interests lie in the areas of signal processing and machine learning. He has extensively applied signal processing / machine learning techniques to applications in the broad areas of telecommunications and computer vision.

Abdelaali CHAOUB is an Associate Professor, working at the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT) at Rabat (Morocco) since 2015. His research interests are related to spectrum sharing for 5G/B5G networks, cognitive radio networks, smart grids connectivity, cooperative communications in wireless networks, and multimedia content delivery. He is a paper reviewer for several leading international journals and conferences. He has an interdisciplinary background through work experience both in academia and industry as a senior VoIP solutions consultant at Alcatel-Lucent (from 2007 to 2015).

Adrian Kliks is an associate professor at Poznan University of Technology’s Institute of Radiocommunications, Poland, and he is a cofounder and board member of RIMEDO Labs company. His research interests include new waveforms for wireless systems applying either non-orthogonal or non-contiguous multicarrier schemes, cognitive radio, advanced spectrum management, deployment and resource management in small cells, and network virtualization.


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

Highlights of the 6G White Paper on Connectivity for Remote Areas

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.