6G: Sustainable Development for Rural and Remote Communities

1 September 2022 | 12:30 - 13:30 UTC | 08:30 - 10:00 AM EDT | 18:00 - 19:30 IST


Aligning technical innovation with sustainability is an integral part of IEEE SA’s mission to raise the world's standards for the benefit of humanity. Many diverse individuals and communities of IEEE SA—from around the world—are using their expertise and know-how to help develop solutions for critical sustainability issues the planet faces today.


Rural populations need to be provided with viable connectivity to broadband core networks. Choosing efficient, cost-effective, and fast-deployment technologies—wired or wireless—will open up new opportunities for rural communities and improve the quality of life by offering access to healthcare, agriculture, education, employment opportunities, etc.

What Will You Learn From This Webinar?

This webinar is focused on sustainable connectivity for rural communities, covering topics like human-computer interaction, business models for the local operator ecosystem, regulatory and right-of-way policies, security and privacy, and future challenges related to technology migration, urbanization, and scalability.


To help address the widening digital divide through new generations of mobile network standards, this webinar will discuss:


  • 6G connectivity in rural and remote regions


  • Feasible technology options and economic models to enable 6G connectivity in the rural and remote regions


  • Human-computer interaction aspects of the limitations of users in rural regions

Attendees will also benefit from open panel discussions with experts in this field who have been finding solutions to overcome the unconnected barriers.

Who Should Attend the Webinar Series?

  • Researchers & academia
  • Users and producers of systems and components for networking systems
  • Telecommunications carriers
  • Service providers
  • Semiconductor manufacturers
  • Test houses
  • Content providers
  • Technology providers
  • Policymakers



Purva Rajkotia

Purva Rajkotia is the Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence (GBSI) and the Connectivity and Telecom Practice Lead at IEEE SA. Prior to IEEE, Purva held leadership positions with Qualcomm, Samsung, and Disney in various capacities. Purva also held leadership positions in various standards organizations such ITU, 3GPP, 3GPP2, CENELEC, etc. He has authored more than 100 patents granted by the USPTO (US Patent Office) and other worldwide patent organizations. He is one of the co-authors of the chapter on Powerline Communications in the book "MIMO Power Line Communications Narrow and Broadband Standards, EMC, and Advanced Processing" by CRC Press. He obtained his MSEE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sandeep Agrawal

Sandeep Agrawal is a team leader at C-DOT Bangalore for the PM-WANI (Prime Minister's Wi-Fi Access Network Interface) program. Sandeep is actively involved in standardization of Wi-Fi & Rural Broadband. He is Chair of the IEEE P2872 Working Group for Interoperable and Secure Public Wi-Fi Infrastructure and Architecture and the IEEE SA Rural Communication Industry Connections Activity. He is the Vice-Chair of IEEE P2061 Working Group for Architecture for Low mobility Energy Efficient network for Affordable Broadband Access. He contributes to the IEEE P802.11bc Working Group for Enhanced Broadcast Service. He is also the Chair of the IoT Work Group and co-lead of the Wi-Fi sensing group in WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance).


Sudhir Dixit


Basic Internet Foundation


Vimal Bhatia




Sanjram Premjit Khanganba

Associate Professor

Indian Institute of Technology Indore

Anuj Agrawal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Trinity College Dublin



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