On the Dependability of 6G Networks

Ijaz Ahmad (Corresponding Author), Felipe Rodriguez, Jyrki Huusko, Kari Seppänen

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Sixth-generation communication networks must be highly dependable due to the foreseen connectivity of critical infrastructures through them. Dependability is a compound metric of four well-known concepts—reliability, availability, safety, and security. Each of these concepts have unique consequences for the success of 6G technologies and applications. Using these concepts, we explore the dependability of 6G networks in this article. Due to the vital role of machine learning in 6G, the dependability of federated learning, as a distributed machine learning technique, has been studied. Since mission-critical applications (MCAs) are highly sensitive in nature, needing highly dependable connectivity, the dependability of MCAs in 6G is explored. Henceforth, this article provides important research directions to promote further research in strengthening the dependability of 6G networks.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1472
Number of pages19
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2023
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 6G
  • dependability
  • security
  • reliabilty
  • availability
  • safety
  • communication networks


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