Although 5G being in an early stage, major US Telcos formed a 6G alliance in order to accelerate the research on 6G technology. The main goal of this alliance is to ensure that North America is the leader on 6G developments.
The Next G Alliance, as it is called, will focus on a “full life cycle approach” to the development of 6G, according to the VP of technology and solutions from ATIS, Mike Nawrocki. He says that the alliance will work to organize research and development activities as well as manufacturing, standards development, market readiness, commercialization and customer adoption and for that companies from the industry will need to cooperate.
Who are the US Telcos that formed a 6G alliance?
The Next G Alliance include North American companies from the wireless industry and all of the biggest network operators. It includes AT&T, Bell Canada, Ciena, Ericsson, Facebook, InterDigital, JMA Wireless, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, TELUS, Telnyx, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Google, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Apple, Intel and LG Electronics, Keysight Technologies, MITRE, Mavenir and VMware for now since more founding members are expected.
Also, on its website, the Next G Alliance said founding membership is open to companies who “provide products, services, software or applications for the use in U.S. commercial, private or government networks or operate communications networks, multimedia or cloud services in the North American market.” However, companies that have been banned from US like Huawei can’t join as a founding member.
There are now several companies in their business review process to join the rest of the members of the alliance.
What are the goals of this strategic partnership?
Although 5G being the priority of Telcos for now, this alliance has 3 main goals:
– Develop a national 6G roadmap.
– In order to influence government policies and funding, align all US stakeholders on priorities for 6G.
– Define strategies that will ensure fast acceptance of 6G across new markets and business sectors.
The US Telcos that formed a 6G alliance are expected to have their first meeting in November.
Since 5G developments are not close to being finished, what is your opinion on this alliance?
Source: Fierce Wireless
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