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Drone Networking in 6G Era - A Technology Overview


Sixth generation (6G) wireless communication networks are envisioned to be empowered with novel enabling technologies to guarantee ubiquitous coverage requirements, heterogeneous communication scenarios, improved network intelligence, spectral rates and security. 6G vision is not only limited to terrestrial networks, but also extends to non-terrestrial networks encompassing satellites and aerial networks, thus exploring a full spectra of heterogeneous communication links. In 6G scenarios, the role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is of paramount importance, as flying devices are expected to densely populate aerial space, providing an intermediate network layer between ground networks and space ones. As a vision of fully integrated 6G heterogeneous networks, ground, aerial and satellite networks will coexist, thus realizing space-air-ground integrated communication network for 6G scenarios. This work highlights several novel 6G enabling technologies, and presents the detailed study and evaluation of communication technology candidates from the perspective of aerial communication networks, key design considerations and technical challenges.
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hal-03450952 , version 1 (26-11-2021)



Debashisha Mishra, Anna Maria Vegni, Valeria Loscrì, Enrico Natalizio. Drone Networking in 6G Era - A Technology Overview. IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, 2022, ⟨10.1109/MCOMSTD.0001.2100016⟩. ⟨hal-03450952⟩
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