ATIS Releases Road Map to 6G
Thursday, February 03, 2022 | Comments

ATIS’ Next G Alliance published its “Roadmap to 6G.” The report presents the first 6G vision for North America and describes major steps that industry, government and academia should take to ensure North American wireless leadership for the next decade and beyond.

The road map offers a timeline to promote coordinated research and development (R&D), market-readiness and adoption strategies for 6G technologies with the goal of creating a vibrant marketplace for North American 6G innovation. It describes social and economic, technology, spectrum, applications and sustainability opportunities in creating North American 6G leadership and recommends governmental actions and standardization strategies for achieving them. The industry-driven approach focuses on North American priorities, as well as the region’s global alignment goals.

More than 600 experts from 80 Next G Alliance members representing industry, government and academia came together to create the report. The robust participation contributed to the report being developed in less than a year after launch of the Next G Alliance National 6G Roadmap Working Group, the group that authored the road map.

“This report will ensure North America proactively aligns all critical sectors vital to 6G success to create a foundation for North American global leadership," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “Beyond its technical contributions, the road map shows how 6G can benefit society and industries in a variety of sectors, as well as how North America will become an epicenter of innovation-driven economic growth in a new era of wireless.”

The International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) systems for 2030 and beyond will be developed as a global standard to better serve the communication needs in every continent of the world. In creating the North American 6G Vision presented in the road map, the Next G Alliance identified six audacious goals that address top priorities for North America’s contribution and leadership in future 6G-related global standards, deployments, products, operations and services. They encompass advancement of trust, security and resilience; an enhanced digital world experience; cost efficiency spanning all aspects of the network architecture; distributed cloud and communications systems; an AI-native future network; and sustainability.

“We are excited to publish the first version of the Next G Alliance report, the ‘Roadmap to 6G,’ ” said Amitava Ghosh, Next G Alliance National 6G Roadmap Working Group chair and Nokia fellow, Nokia Strategy and Technology. “The report is the outcome of tireless effort from the road map working group leadership team and its members with support from other Next G Alliance working groups. It provides insight into how we can realize the six critical goals encompassing our North American vision for 6G and includes a lifecycle roadmap, a 6G timeline and recommendations for development of 6G technology.”

Find the road map here.

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