A survey on the use of blockchain for future 6G: Technical aspects, use cases, challenges and research directions

Anshuman Kalla, Chamitha de Alwis, Pawani Porambage, Gürkan Gür, Madhusanka Liyanage (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

While 5G is at the early deployment state around the globe, the research and industrial communities have already started concentrating their efforts on formulating the overall 6G vision comprising requirements, key enabling technologies, performance indicators, and applications. Following the trend, it is evident that 6G will emerge as highly softwarized and open networks allowing the participation of multiple stakeholders. This undoubtedly will make 6G more flexible, agile, autonomous, intelligent, and cost-efficient networks. However, the programmability and openness will make 6G networks more prone to issues like security, privacy, traceability, interoperability, auditability, resource manageability, spectrum efficiency, and 3D mobility. To address these issues, a deep integration of blockchain technology with 6G networks is foreseen. Thus, we aim to put together blockchain and 6G under a magnifying lens to gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of blockchain in the 6G ecosystem. We begin by providing an overview of the envisioned 6G networks and blockchain technology. Next, we present a high-level view of the role of blockchain for 6G trends and requirements. Following that, we conduct an in-depth study on how the blockchain can provide a secure, transparent, and decentralized underpinning to various technical aspects and use cases of 6G. Thereafter, we discuss the deployment challenges to be faced while integrating blockchain in 6G and the possible solutions. Finally, future research directions are expounded to set the floor for further advancements in the blockchainized 6G.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100404
JournalJournal of Industrial Information Integration
Volume30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Keywords

  • 6G networks
  • Blockchain
  • Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Telecommunications

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