ATIS launches 'Next G Alliance' targeting 6G prospects in North America

Oct. 22, 2020
New industry initiative focuses on establishing leadership in 6G technology from research to market readiness.
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The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) on Oct. 13 announced the launch of the Next G Alliance, an industry initiative that aims to advance North American mobile technology leadership in 6G and beyond over the next decade.

ATIS says the Next G Alliance will encompass the full lifecycle of technology research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.

According to a press statement, Next G Alliance Founding Members include: AT&T, Bell Canada, Ciena, Ericsson, Facebook, InterDigital, JMA Wireless, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Samsung, TELUS, Telnyx, T-Mobile, UScellular and Verizon. Announcement of additional Founding Members will be forthcoming, says ATIS.

ATIS says the Next G Alliance is named after its primary goal, to establish North American preeminence in the 5G technology evolutionary path and 6G development. It is an outgrowth of ATIS’ recent Call to Action promoting U.S. leadership on the path to 6G. 

As stated by ATIS:

6G will ultimately leverage new infrastructure, systems, networks and devices. Collectively, this ecosystem will be central to defining the Next G vision. Recognizing that now is the time for bold action, the Next G Alliance will initially focus on three strategic actions:
1. Develop a 6G national roadmap that addresses the changing competitive landscape and positions North America as the global leader in R&D, standardization, manufacturing and adoption of Next G technologies. 
2. Align the North American technology industry on a core set of priorities that will steer leadership for 6G and beyond to influence government policies and funding. 
3. Identify and define the early steps and strategies that will facilitate and lead to rapid commercialization of Next G technologies across new markets and business sectors and promote widescale adoption, both domestically and globally.

“As countries around the globe progress ambitious 6G research and development initiatives, it is critical that North American industry steps forward to develop a collaborative roadmap to advance its position as a global leader over the next decade,” said ATIS president and CEO Susan Miller. “The work of the Next G Alliance delivers just that – from research to commercialization – and it is setting the foundation for a vibrant marketplace for North American innovation in future generations of mobile technology.”

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