Introduction

This is a questionnaire generated by the SNS OPS CSA project and is addressed to the SNS JU Phase 2 R&I projects. The goal of this questionnaire is to get a better understanding of the work planned to be performed in each of the projects, the challenges being addressed and the expected outcomes.

This information will be used by the SNS JU office and the CSA projects (SNS OPS & SNS ICE) to assist with the dissemination of the Phase 2 project results, liaise with appropriate external stakeholders, and host/organize relevant events. This information will also be provided to the SNS Steering Board, Technology Board and Working Groups, to assist with project results tracking and grouping of relevant projects (according to interest). The results of these questionnaires will be shared with all SNS projects and the key findings and insights will be presented in a dedicated webinar.

This is an extremely important input for the SNS programme as a whole, and we deeply appreciate the time that the projects will take to respond and deliver the requested information.  Thank you very much for your contribution!

Instructions

The questionnaire should be filled once online for each project by a designated project representative.

  • Please align with all key personnel in your project (e.g., Technical manager, WP leader, Exploitation manager, etc.) to ensure the correctness of the provided answers and then please fill out the questionnaire in the name of your project.  The PM is responsible for ensuring that the questionnaire is answered within the expected deadline.
  • The projects should respond to as many questions as possible. There may be cases where certain questions do not apply to a certain project. In that case the particular question may remain blank.
  • Multiple answers may be selected in each question. Please select all correct answers for your project. The “Other” option may be selected in addition to the answers that you have provided for that question.
  • Where appropriate there are text boxes for elaboration of your answers. Please use this to provide additional explanations where necessary. This field is mandatory for open-text questions and when the “Other” option is selected in multiple-choice questions.
  • For Questions and clarifications you may reach out to Questionnaire(a)sns-ju.eu

The Questionnaire

The Questionnaire is divided into 3 sections, Technical, Vision and Market. Please complete and submit each section. The Sections are independent and may be completed and submitted separately.


    SELECT PROJECT:

    SELECT STREAM:

    Project Representative Name:

    Project Representative eMail


    T1: Please indicate which of the following Specific Objectives (SO), as defined in ANNEX II of the 2023 SNS Work Programme, will be addressed as a Primary or Secondary objective from your project: Note: please ensure you have selected your Stream above to see the relevant options

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    - STREAM B OBJECTIVES -

    .....RELEVANCE.....

    SO-B1: Technologies supporting the validation and feasibility of the globally accepted set of KVI’s and KPI’s framing ongoing 6G developments and contributing to global interoperability. Such globally accepted KVIs and KPIs are expected to emerge by mid2023.

    SO-B2: Availability of key technologies and open architectures with high potential for 6G standardisation, either in the early 6G standardisation phase expected to start around 2025, or for subsequent longer-term releases.

    SO-B3: Progress towards an optimised architecture, beyond the 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA), encompassing device, edge, network, data centers and enabling a massive upscaling of requirements originating from immersive environment applications, whilst preserving past 5G investments of communication service providers for non-greenfield scenarios. Such driving requirements include at least traffic volumes, speed, latency, positioning, local storage and processing.

    SO-B4: Availability of a zero-touch open end-to-end resource management system, beyond current “local” industry/standards developments (RIC, NWDAF) with drastic OPEX reduction and innovation support, including the ability to perform sustainability-related decisions (e.g. power cost of operation).

    SO-B5: E2E Trustworthy and energy-efficient device, network, and service infrastructures, to deliver critical services in a sustainable manner. It also includes enablers and open 9 APIs to significantly reduce energy/carbon footprint of use cases making use of the 6G connectivity platform (e.g., automotive, factories, healthcare, etc.).

    SO-B6: Dynamic end-to-end distributed security for connectivity, devices and service infrastructures extending the current set of patchy technologies for service security, trust and resilience towards a comprehensive end-to-end framework across heterogeneous environments. This security “lifecycle” should be provisioned to account for distributed systems (e.g., asset orchestration and data aggregation), operational security, security quantification, and a strategy for ongoing security threat assessment.

    SO-B7: Managed spectrum and dynamic spectrum sharing across multiple frequency bands, opening new application scenarios including combination with sensing, optimising spectrum efficiency, lowering energy consumption, and addressing EMF aspects.

    SO-B8: Foster European capabilities in key technologies and notably AI/ML, software and security enablers, advanced signal processing and microelectronics, paving the way towards advanced fully automated systems across all network layers. It includes the availability of open data sets originating from the projects.

    SO-B9: A longer-term re-examination of fundamental system features and functionalities, including service interfaces, namespaces, communication primitives, location and time synchronisation, and energy monitoring.

    SO-B10: Stimulation of international cooperation and international consensus on critical technologies.


    STREAM C OBJECTIVES

    .....RELEVANCE.....

    SO-C1: Continue the development of EU wide experimentation platforms that can incorporate various candidate 6G technologies for their further validation.

    SO-C2: Extend the capabilities of such an experimentation platform towards a federated approach, able to support advanced pilot “6G” use cases as targeted under Stream D during the different SNS implementation phases.

    SO-C3: Reusability and evolvability of the experimental platforms over the lifetime of the SNS programme: Platforms or specific components can be further extended to ensure a continuous integration of the most promising 6G technologies. The developed platforms should be able to be incorporated as infrastructure for use by future Stream D projects.

    SO-C4: Accessibility and openness: Use of the platform in subsequent phases of the SNS by any consortium, requires using a modular implementation methodology and, potentially, open-source solutions with well-defined technological and business interfaces clearly documented.

    SO-C5: Directionality and optimisation of previous and related investments in Europe: 6G experimental platforms piggybacking on previous investments in Europe (e.g., SNS proof-of-concepts or platforms, or from the 5G Infrastructure PPP Work Programme where relevant) may be considered including other technology-oriented initiatives on open ecosystems (e.g., Open RAN). Leveraging 6G investments by Member States or Associated countries is also relevant in this context.

    SO-C6: Disruption friendly: Experimental facilities should be capable of hosting possible upcoming unplanned 6G disruption and hence guarantee their future-proofness.

    SO-C7: End-to-end: The target experimental facility should be capable of demonstrating E2E service capabilities and include a full value chain including IoT devices, connectivity, and service provision.



    STREAM D OBJECTIVES

    .....RELEVANCE.....

    SO-D1: The validation of SNS KVIs and KPIs in the context of very advanced digital use cases implemented through Large-Scale Trials and Pilots (LST&P).

    SO-D2: The identification of use case specific KVIs and KPIs and how they may be matched by SNS platform KVIs and KPIs.

    SO-D3: A structured feedback loop from vertical users towards SNS stakeholders, in view of ensuring the best match between 5G Advanced / 6G systems capabilities and users.

    SO-D4: An integrated validation approach, from 6G platform to use cases, leveraging existing (open) platforms (e.g., developed under Stream C).

    SO-D5: Accessibility and openness: The required targeted adaptations of the Stream C infrastructures/platforms as required to support specific Stream D use cases should be available in further phases of the SNS by any consortium, which requires using modular implementation methodology, potentially open-source solutions with well-defined and clearly documented technological and business interfaces.


    T2: Which of the following main KPIs will your project Address? Please mention any additional KPIs addressed within your project in the elaboration box.

    T3:Which of the following technological issues/aspects will your project address? Please mention any additional issues/aspects that you may address in the elaboration box.

    T4:Which of the following Vertical sectors and use cases/applications will your project support? Please mention any additional sectors and/or applications in the elaboration box.

    VERTICALS:

    APPLICATIONS/USE-CASES:

    T5: Will your project make use of AI/ML?

    T5b: Do you plan to deliver/provide access to your AI training data sets, after the project’s completion.

    T5c: For which of the below items do you plan to use AI/ML functionality? Please provide the exact targeted functionalities in the elaboration box, if possible.

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    T6: Which standardization/specification bodies will your projects target for contributions? (if none, please go to T7)

    3GPP:

    ETSI:

    ITU:

    IETF/IRTF:

    ITU(2):

    O-RAN:

    IEEE:

    T7: What type of (End User) Equipment will be used for testing/trialing in your project?

    T8: Which methods will your project use to validate the technologies developed?(Please enter one set of answers per use case)


    Technology Validation 1 Name

    Validation Method TV1

    Vertical Sector TV1

    Location TV1

    Date TV1

    Replicability* TV1

    Add additional Technology Validation Use Case

    * Replicability is the capacity to replicate a use-case/solution in another location.


    Technology Validation 2 Name

    Validation Method TV2

    Vertical Sector TV2

    Location TV2

    Date TV2

    Replicability* TV2

    Add additional Technology Validation Use Case

    * Replicability is the capacity to replicate a use-case/solution in another location.


    Technology Validation 3 Name

    Validation Method TV3

    Vertical Sector TV3

    Location TV3

    Date TV3

    Replicability* TV3

    Add additional Technology Validation Use Case

    * Replicability is the capacity to replicate a use-case/solution in another location.


    Technology Validation 4 Name

    Validation Method TV4

    Vertical Sector TV4

    Location TV4

    Date TV4

    Replicability* TV4

    Add additional Technology Validation Use Case

    * Replicability is the capacity to replicate a use-case/solution in another location.


    Technology Validation 5 Name

    Validation Method TV5

    Vertical Sector TV5

    Location TV5

    Date TV5

    Replicability* TV5

    If more Technology Validation Use Cases,

    Please contact Questionnaire(a)sns-ju.eu with the details

    * Replicability is the capacity to replicate a use-case/solution in another location.


    T9. How do you engage verticals in your project?

    T10. Does your project plan to address energy efficiency issues, and if so, how?

    T11: To which Open Source organisations does your project contribute? Click all that apply



    GENERAL COMMENTS: Is there any other important aspect that your project is addressing (technical related) that is not included in the previous questions?


      SELECT PROJECT:

      SELECT STREAM:

      Project Representative Name:

      Project Representative eMail


      V1:Which SNS Societal Challenges are addressed in your Project?

      V2:Which Societal Values are addressed in your Project?

      V3:Does your project assess Key Value Indicators (KVIs)? If yes, which method do you plan to use?

      V4:How do you contribute to the 6G Vision in your project?

      V5:Which UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will your project contribute to?



      GENERAL COMMENTS: Is there any other important aspect that your project is addressing (vision related) that is not included in the previous questions?


        SELECT PROJECT:

        SELECT STREAM:

        Project Representative Name:

        Project Representative eMail


        M1: Which are the biggest market changes you expect in your domain/market area with the advent of 6G (tick all that apply)

        M1b: Can you elaborate on how technology innovations could fulfill the foreseen market needs on 3 of those ticked above in M1 and how you feel these market changes will impact your domain / market area with the advent of 6G.:

        M2: Which of the following technologies/innovations do you expect to play an important role in the telecommunications market in the coming years?

        M3. Which vertical sectors do you expect to be affected the most with the advent of 6G? Max 3 answers

        M4. How do you validate business opportunities in vertical sectors?

        M5: How do you assess commercial viability (Return on Investment) from investing in and deploying 6G, for 6G providers?

        M6. What do you consider to be the greatest obstacle for the deployment of 6G networks?

        M7: 4G enabled the “App ecosystem”. 5G enables the ecosystem to include more reliable, numerous and bandwidth-rich applications and services addressing mainstream vertical markets. Do you believe enhancing 5G towards 6G can accomplish a similar mobilizing of the ecosystem forward? If yes, what would be your estimation as to the novel market section(s) that 6G may enable?

        M8: What are the Key Exploitable Results (KER) expected to be delivered by your project? At which Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is each of them expected to be delivered?

        M9. Does your project promote the participation of SMEs to provide specific technological value? If so, please indicate how it does this (Max 200 Words).


        GENERAL COMMENTS: Is there any other important aspect that your project is addressing (market related) that is not included in the previous questions?


        GDPR Statement:

        All data collected will be handled in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines. The SNS OPS team will use the data collected for analytical purposes and for preparing reports on the performance of the SNS JU as a whole.  Any project that contributes data to the SNS progress assessment will have the right to access their data and correct inaccuracies.

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