The Next G Alliance is a bold new initiative to advance North American mobile technology leadership over the next decade through private sector-led efforts. With a strong emphasis on technology commercialization, the work will encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.
Mobile technology underpins the advancement of several important industries. These include Aerospace, Agriculture, Defense, Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Media, Energy and Transportation, all of which are vital to U.S. interests and increasingly dependent on mobile technology. Ensuring North American leadership in mobile technology across these key sectors will strengthen and promote the region’s economic interests globally.
The Next G Alliance will bring together diverse segments of the industry and leading research institutions. It is premised on the stance that applied research should be leveraged to ultimately create a pathway to product realization and commercialization. While innovation is still vital to this ecosystem, connecting the desired endpoint early in the research process to drive research priorities is central to development, standardization, manufacturing and Next G readiness. While each of these areas could be incentivized and managed separately, aligning them to an overarching strategy and objectives allows each stage’s outcomes to be managed across the entire lifecycle. The goal is to start with the end in mind of delivering results in terms of commercialization, ultimately to drive economic growth.
Other regions of the globe have announced and are implementing ambitious plans to launch 6G research and development initiatives. It is critical that North American industry steps forward now to create the roadmap to the next decade of strong global mobile technology leadership. Ultimately, this initiative will be used to influence U.S. government funding priorities and actions that will incentivize the technology industry, laying the foundation for a vibrant marketplace for North American products and services globally.
- Advance North American global leadership over the 5G evolutionary path and 6G early development.
- Create a Next G development roadmap that will promote a vibrant marketplace for 6G introduction, adoption and commercialization with North American innovation in mind.
- Develop a set of national priorities that will influence government applied research funding and promote incentivized government actions.
- Progress a North American model that promotes development across the full lifecycle of research to realization, aligned with commercialization outcomes.
There are three types of membership available. Membership is open to both ATIS members and non-members. Members shall support the mission and goals of the Next G Alliance.
- Full Member status is available to companies who: (1) directly provide products, services (excluding patent-licensing services), software or applications for use in U.S. commercial, private or government networks; or (2) operate communications networks and/or provide multimedia and/or cloud services in the North American market. Given one of the key goals is to influence U.S. policies related to Next G technologies, organizations cannot join as Full Members if they have been barred from federal contracts by agencies within the U.S. government.
- Contributing Member status is available to organizations who: (1) provide products, services, software or applications for use in U.S. commercial, private or government networks; or (2) operate communications networks and/or provide multimedia and/or cloud services in the North American market; or (3) academic institutions, research and development services and laboratories located in North America, or affiliated with North American academic or research activities.
- Strategic Members are organizations such as industry associations, research/academia consortia that are invited to contribute to one or more work programs and that support the mission of the Next G Alliance.
- Government Members are departments, authorities, or agencies of a North American federal government with expertise, knowledge, and a mission relevant to communication networks.
Note: Organizations included on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List that are subject to export, re-export and/or transfer licensing requirements are not eligible to participate in the Next G Alliance.
Full Members shall be represented by senior business executives and are tasked with establishing the Alliance’s strategy and direction. Full Membership includes the opportunity to appoint a representative to the Steering Group and participate in Working Groups. The Steering Group shall be composed of technology leaders and experts who can direct R&D, standards and commercialization priorities. It is anticipated that Working Groups will be identified in early 2021. The 2021 Full Membership fee is $20,000.
Contributing Members are eligible to participate in the Working Groups. Contributing Members are experts with deep knowledge of applied research topics, future development, standardization and market needs. 2021 Contributing Membership fees are based on an organization’s revenues:
- Annual revenues of $50M or more – $10,000
- Annual revenues of more than $10M but less than $50M – $7500
- Annual revenues of less than $10M – $5000
- Academic institutions – $2500
Other organizations, e.g., industry associations, who share common goals with the Next G Alliance and are deemed to have valuable input that is relevant to the success of this initiative may be invited to join as a Strategic Member.
Government Members are eligible to participate in the Working Groups (not including decision-making). The annual Government Member fee is $7,500.
The Founding Members of the Next G Alliance held an inaugural meeting in November. Founding Members will appoint a Steering Group and Working Groups will be created and launched in 2021.
The eventual output of the Groups will include:
1. Next G National Agenda – A 6G national roadmap that addresses the changing competitive landscape and positions North America as the global leader in the development, manufacturing and adoption of Next G technologies.
2. Strategic Model for Success – A means for aligning industry on a core set of technologies, research priorities and recommended government actions that will steer U.S. and North American regional leadership for 6G (and beyond) to influence government policies and funding.
3. Global Leadership – Identifying and defining 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.
ATIS membership is not required to join the Next G Alliance.
Companies which are interested in joining the Next G Alliance may complete the information form linked here. Questions about participation may be directed to ATIS Membership Director Rich Moran, firstname.lastname@example.org.