IEEE Future Networks World Forum
On-Demand through 15 November 2022

FP9: Towards an 6G Architecture – Evolution or Revolution

12 October 2022 // 11:00 – 12:30 // Virtual


Many researchers around the globe are in active discussions, if 6G will be just an evolution of 5G or if we will see a more clean slate 6G architecture which will change the way of connectivity and communications. There are probably good arguments for both views from a technical point of view when we look at the diversity of network (THz vs. NTNs) and the software technologies being considered. In addition, the emerging flexibility and openness of communication environments will likely change the way of network design, deployment and operations, as we can witness by the emergence of 5G open campus networks and non-public / private networks based on open source and multi-vendor components. Furthermore, digital sovereignty aspects may drive architectural considerations for 6G as well and the role of global standards might be challenged. In this industry panel relevant stakeholders within the future 6G eco system will debate, if the merging 6G architecture might be driven by evolution or revolution or if we might see even different 6G architectures.



Thomas Magedanz, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS


  • Helmut Zaglauer, Airbus
  • Andreas Müller, Bosch
  • Volker Ziegler, Nokia
  • Xueli An, Huawei
  • Gunnar Mildh, Ericsson
  • Hans Einsiedler, Deutsche Telekom
  • Eric Harduin, Orange



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. For 30 years Prof. Magedanz has been a globally recognized ICT expert, working in the convergence field of telecommunications, Internet and information technologies understanding both the technology domains and the international market demands. His current research is targeting the 5G evolution to 6G. For more details and a longer version look here:


Helmut Zaglauer received a diploma degree in Physics at the University of Munich, Germany and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Washington University, St. Louis, USA. Following a two-year postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics he joined Dornier, a predecessor company of Airbus Defence and Space in 1992. Following the integration of the Dornier research teams into the Daimler Benz Corporate Research Division in 1994 he worked as a research scientist and project manager on a wide variety of complex, multidisciplinary system concepts and architectures with relevance to the entire product portfolio including projects on aircraft, helicopters, space and defence systems as well as cars and trucks. Since 2007 he is a lead system engineer and expert in the Space Systems division, currently in the Advanced systems team investigating new end-to-end system and constellation concepts for both telecommunication and earth observation applications.


Andreas Mueller is Bosch’s Chief Expert for Communication Technologies for the IoT and leading the Bosch 6G program. In addition to that, he has been coordinating and driving the Industrial 5G activities of Bosch over the past couple of years. Andreas also serves as General Chair of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), the globally leading initiative for driving and shaping Industrial 5G. He has a strong background in both telecommunications and vertical industry applications and is therefore well-positioned to drive the 5G/6G-enabled transformation in different vertical industries.


 Volker Ziegler, Senior Technology Advisor & Chief Architect, Nokia, is an energetic, strategic and purpose-driven leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He currently serves as Senior Technology Advisor and Chief Architect in Nokia Strategy and Technology unit. Previously, Volker has exercised a leadership role with Nokia Bell Labs in 6G research and ecosystem. Prior to this, he has served as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks.


Xueli An is the Head of 6G Network Architecture Research Group at Huawei Technologies, Munich Research Center. Within Huawei, she leads the next generation mobile communication enabled vertical industry related research and corresponding industry development related activities. She has long experience in 5G research and deep engagement with the 5G enabled Industry 4.0 ecosystem. She serves as 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) working group “Use cases and Requirements” vice chair since 2018. She is the vice chair of NetworldEurope Enabling Technologies for Future Vertical Ecosystem Transformation Working Group since 2020. Her current research focuses on 6G network architecture design and she also takes the role as working group chair position in one6G Association since 2021. She has over 50 peer-reviewed international journal/conference publications and many filed/granted patent applications in the field of wireless communication, networking, etc. She received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands.


Gunnar Mildh received his M. Sc. in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2000. In the same year he joined Ericsson Research, Ericsson AB, Stockholm, and has since been working on standardization and concept development for GSM/EDGE, HSPA, LTE, 5G NR and 6G. His focus areas are radio network architecture and protocols. He is currently a senior expert in radio network architecture at the Research Area Networks, Ericsson Research


Hans Joachim Einsiedler was born in 1966 in Ravensburg, Germany. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1994. He worked at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, and at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He joined Deutsche Telekom in 1999 and was leader of pre-competitive R&D projects. He became a member of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories on May 1, 2004 and was a team leader. His topics are next generation control platforms and planes, Fixed-Mobile Convergence, and the extension of the Internet Protocol. Hans was the Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for the European R&D platforms, e.g. the ETP Networld2020, Future Internet, 5G PPP, and others. From end of 2019 until beginning of 2022, Hans was leading an activity for the preparation of the roll-out of the 5G Core for the whole Deutsche Telekom group in the department Technology and Innovation. Now his focus is on the evolution of the cloud-native and Service-based Architecture principle for the telecommunication infrastructure. This is currently restricted to the core but will be manifested in an end-to-end design in beyond 5G and 6G research and development.


Eric Hardouin leads the “Ambient Connectivity” research domain of Orange, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models. Eric received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004. Since 2004, he has been with Orange, where he has conducted research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced. From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements. Eric is the author of the book “LTE et les réseaux 4G” (in French).


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