6G Positioning

Positioning information already played an important role in 5G. However, future application scenarios such as connected driving, industrial and logistics applications, or telemedicine are raising the need for precise positioning to a new level. Higher frequency ranges, more flexible networks and higher data rates in 6G are opening up new possibilities in the field of positioning.

New use cases, requirements, performance characteristics and key technologies are described In the 6G white paper "Next-generation positioning within 6G" for positioning in future 6G networks.


Some performance requirements for high accuracy 6G positioning are:

  • THz spectrum and ultra-wide bandwidths
  • Intelligent reflective surfaces (IRS).
  • Cell-free massive MIMO networks
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for precise positioning
  • Flexible networks and localization service functionality
  • Integrated Sensing and Communications (ISAC)
  • Positioning of end devices among each other

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Example of 6G positioning with an intelligent reflective surface (IRS)

Beispielbild für eine präzise Lokalisierung mit 6G
© Fraunhofer IIS

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