6G for Connecting the Unconnected in Rural and Remote Areas to Meet UN SDG’s

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 9:30 -11:00/11:30-13:00, Zoom room
  • Harri Saarnisaari (University of Oulu, Centre for Wireless Communications, Finland)
  • Seppo Yrjölä (Professor of Practice, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu; Principal Engineer, Nokia Cloud and Network Services, Finland)
  • Marja Matinmikko-Blue(Adjunct professor, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland)
  • Adrian Kliks (Associate Professor, Institute of Radiocommunications, Poznan University of Technology, Poland)
  • Panos Kostakos (Research Scientist, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland)
  • Marianne Kinnula (Associate professor, INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland)
  • Anna Suorsa (University lecturer, Research Unit for History, Culture and Communications, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland)
  • Muhammad Zeeshan Asghar University of Jyväskylä (faculty of information technology) and Aalto University (school of electrical engineering, department of communication and networking, Finland)

Motivation and Background

Technical, human, societal and business challenges have to be addressed during 6G development. This is emphasized in rural and remote areas where the digital divide is the most serious. Reasons for this include low population density, low incomes or even poverty, difficult terrain, missing and unreliable infrastructure and low level of education. In addition, the COVID pandemic has changed society’s priorities on many fronts, including remote education, remote working, and remote healthcare. In other words, societal resilience should be increased.
The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness about the problem, open discussions, dig deeper in challenges and share information. This is done by offering talks, via an interactive session and by sharing the results of the latter openly at least through the 6Gchannel (https://www.6gchannel.com/) to benefit all the 6G researchers, e.g., in their development projects.
The mentioned challenges cry for innovative solutions to provide affordable yet sufficient services to the people. Furthermore, it has been identified that that many United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require connectivity. In addition, recognition of human as well authorities’ needs (like public safety) and requirements and identifying use cases are extremely important, though it is hard to see to 2030s and 2040s, where 6G will be used. This workshop offers a forum to hear and discuss these things at this early stage of 6G.
For background information and initial thoughts, please look at the 6Gchannel and white papers from 2020 therein.




  • Harri Saarnisaari, University of Oulu



  • Seppo Yrjölä, Nokia & University of Oulu, “Business of connecting unconnected in the 6G era”
  • Neil Walsh, UN chief of cyber crime, “Countering Cybercrime: the policy vs reality gap”
  • Josef Noll, University of Oslo & Basic Internet Foundation, “Societal needs as a driver for a decentralised 6G”
  • prof. Marianne Kinnula, University of Oulu, “Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies”
  • prof Marco Giordani, University of Padova, “Bridging the Digital Divide: The Potential of Non-Terrestrial Networks”

Coffee Break


11:30-13:00 Interactive session

  • Hosts: Harri Saarnisaari, Seppo Yrjölä, Adrian Kliks (Univ. Poznan), Marianne Kinnula, Anna Suorsa (Univ. Oulu), Panos Kostakos (Univ. Oulu), Muhammad Zeeshan Asghar (Univ. Jyväskylä)
  • Discussion with audience based on presentations and questions by organizers