All of the major US telcos have formed an alliance with other wireless industry players to research 6G technology.
The so-called Next G Alliance is designed to ensure North America is a leader in shaping the next generation of wireless technology and its eventual deployment.
Susan Miller, CEO and President of ATIS, says:
“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.
The work of the Next G Alliance delivers just that – from research to commercialisation – and it is setting the foundation for a vibrant marketplace for North American innovation in future generations of mobile technology.”
Members of the 6G alliance include AT&T, Bell Canada, Ciena, Ericsson, Facebook, InterDigital, JMA Wireless, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, TELUS, Telnyx, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. Information about other founding members is forthcoming.
There are three key strategic goals of the alliance:
- Develop a national 6G roadmap.
- Align all US stakeholders on priorities for 6G to influence government policies and funding.
- Identify the strategies that will ensure rapid uptake of 6G across new markets and business sectors.
5G remains the key priority of telcos currently. Most operators expect it will take around ten years to build out their 5G networks across the US.
However, it’s always good to consider what comes next…
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