The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, President: TOKUDA Hideyuki, Ph.D.) has released white papers on “Beyond 5G/6G” and “Quantum Network” to accelerate R&D collaboration with other research institutions. The white papers summarize the social vision and use cases that are expected to be realized through the progress of Beyond 5G/6G and quantum network technologies, as well as the key technologies and R&D roadmap necessary to realize them. 

1. Background of white papers

<Beyond 5G/6G>

  • In several countries, R&D on the next-generation information and communications infrastructure, “Beyond 5G/6G”, which is expected to be the foundation of all industries and societies in the 2030s, is becoming active. It is important to establish Beyond 5G/6G key technologies as soon as possible. NICT has been conducting R&D on wired and wireless network technologies of Beyond 5G.

<Quantum Network>

  • Recently, several countries has been promoting R&D on quantum technologies such as cryptography and quantum network, aiming for the "quantum Internet" as the ultimate goal. In January 2020, the Japanese government announced the "Quantum Technology Innovation Strategy". As the "Quantum Security Hub" in this strategy, NICT has been conducting cutting-edge R&D related to quantum networks and stated to establish the hub for industry-academia-government cooperation and to develop human resources.

2. Publication of white papers

  • Considering the backgrounds, NICT has released the white papers on “Beyond 5G/6G” and the “Quantum Network”. The white papers outline the social vision and use cases that are expected to be realized by technology development, the key technologies and the R&D roadmaps, and the direction of NICT's initiatives.

3. NICT's action based on the white papers

  • In accordance with the Fifth Medium-to-Long-Term Plan of NICT, which has started from April 2021, NICT will promote R&D and social implementation of Beyond 5G/6G and quantum networks in collaboration with other research institutions based on the white papers. NICT will update the white papers as necessary.

4. Download the white papers

  • These white papers are available from the following download website. When you download the white papers, you are asked for a few questionnaires. We appreciate your kind cooperation.
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Contact (Department in charge)

Beyond 5G/6G White Paper

ISHIZU Kentaro
Beyond 5G Design Initiative
Beyond 5G R & D Promotion Unit

Tel: +81-42-327-7949


Quantum Network White Paper and
about the White Paper Web Site

IDE Shinji
Strategic Planning Department

Tel: +81-42-327-6554


Contact (PR department)

Press Office
Public Relations Department