Chinese Journal on Internet of Things ›› 2023, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (1): 60-72.doi: 10.11959/j.issn.2096-3750.2023.00322

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Data services and data plane for 6G mobile communication network

Xueqiang YAN1, Guanjie CHENG2, Shuiguang DENG2, Jianjun WU1, Lu LU3, Mingyu ZHAO1, Yan XI1, Chao LIU3, Weiyuan LI3, Lei FENG4, Tong ZHANG3   

  1. 1 Wireless Technology Lab, Huawei Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai 201206, China
    2 College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
    3 Institute of Network and IT Technology, China Mobile Research Institute, Beijing 100053, China
    4 State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching Technology, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
  • Revised:2023-01-30 Online:2023-03-30 Published:2023-03-01
  • Supported by:
    The National Natural Science Foundation of China(U20A20173);The National Natural Science Foundation of China(62125206);The Key Research Project of Zhejiang Province(2022C01145)


The existing communication network represented by 5G is used as a communication session data “pipeline”for information exchange between terminal devices and the network.Different from the point-to-point transmission of communication session data, the data generated and consumed by AI, sensing and network operations in 6G network needs to be collected, preprocessed, stored, and analyzed in a distributed manner.To this end, a data plane architecture independent of the traditional user plane was proposed to systematically solve the challenges of managing and monetization of the non-user-plane data for 6G mobile communication networks.The classification and characteristics of 6G network data and data services were identified and defined.Furthermore, based on the comparative analysis of the 5G user plane and the existing data-driven network architecture, a 6G data plane framework composed of two main components orchestrator and data agent was proposed, and the data plane functional architecture was elaborated.In addition, three potential options for data forwarding control mechanisms were designed.These mechanisms can support on-path-packet processing within any topology of data pipelines, realizing the construction and maintenance of dynamic programmable data pipeline and the thorough separation of routing algorithms and data forwarding.

Key words: 6G, data service, data plane, data orchestration, data forwarding control protocol

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