Next G Alliance launches to drive North American leadership in 6G

Next G Alliance launches to drive North American leadership in 6G

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

ATIS has launched the Next G Alliance, an industry initiative that will advance North American mobile technology leadership in 6G and beyond over the next decade. The Next G Alliance will encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.

Dimitris Mavrakis, Senior Research Director at tech market advisory firm, ABI Research comments: “The Next G alliance is a major step to establish the United States and Canada as a 6G R&D powerhouse and put North America firmly in the center of 6G developments. North America has lagged behind other regions in 5G, mainly due to the lack of a Tier-1 infrastructure vendor based on the continent, but the Next G alliance aims to create a coalition to make North America a clear leader in 6G. This does not necessarily mean that geographical fragmentation is looming in 6G, but rather that companies with U.S. and Canadian interests will have a unified voice and push together for a single goal – to make North America the undisputed leader in 6G and beyond.”

The 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. Additional Founding Members will be forthcoming.

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The Next G Alliance is named after its primary goal, to establish North American preeminence in the 5G evolutionary path and 6G development. It is an outgrowth of ATIS’ Call to Action Promoting U.S. Leadership on the Path to 6G. Ultimately 6G will leverage new infrastructure, systems, networks and devices, and 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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