Session Speaker – 6G Communications

What Will 6G Be?

Dr. Xingqin Lin (林兴钦)

Master Researcher

Member of the Ericsson NextGen Advisory Board





Xingqin Lin is a Master Researcher and Standardization Delegate at Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, currently driving 5G/6G research and standardization in non-terrestrial networks (satellites/HAPS/airplanes/drones). He is a member of the Ericsson NextGen Advisory Board, collaborating with Ericsson Executive Team on strategic projects. He is an expert in wireless communications and technology strategy. He has been a key contributor to 5G NR, NB-IoT, and LTE standards. His pioneering work has led to strategic opportunities, products, and real-world deployments in the telecom industry, enabling major network transitions from 4G to 5G. 

He works with academia to accelerate the translation of research into practice. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist, and technical contributor at conferences and workshops. He served as an editor of the IEEE Communications Letters from 2015-2018 and is serving as an editor for the IEEE Network and IEEE Internet of Things Magazine. He has been acting as the Industry Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technology Initiative on Aerial Communications. 

He has garnered a number of prestigious awards including the 2020 IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional Award in Industry, the 2021 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Early Career Award, and the 2021 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize. He is co-author of the book “Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” and the lead editor of the book “5G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Standards.” He is an IET Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, USA.


Since the completion of the first 5G specifications in 2018, there has been a strong expansion of commercial 5G deployments happening throughout the world, with networks providing new communication capabilities and services that are set to transform society. 3GPP has been working on the continuous evolution of 5G technology, spanning across multiple releases, to further improve performance and address new use cases. There is no doubt that the ongoing transformation will eventually give rise to challenges beyond what 5G can meet. In 2030, for instance, society will have been shaped by 5G for 10 years, and new needs and services will have appeared. This calls for continued evolution towards limitless connectivity — following the pull from society’s needs and the push from more advanced technological tools becoming available — that must be addressed for a 6G era around 2030. This talk will discuss the journey towards limitless connectivity from 5G evolution to 6G.

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