NI joins Next G Alliance to help build North America’s leadership in 6G

13 April 2021


NI will contribute its expertise to assessing advanced wireless research needs that will shape the future business, social & technical landscape for 6G.

Computer-based, software-centric T&M firm, NI has announced that it has joined ICT standards body, ATIS’ Next G Alliance as a founding member. The Next G Alliance initiative seeks to advance North American mobile technology leadership in 6G by building on the long-term evolution of 5G over the next decade. NI will work closely with the Next G Alliance and its members to identify research priorities central to the development, standardisation, manufacturing and market readiness for 6G.

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 US Leadership on the Path to 6G. Collectively, this ecosystem will be central to defining the Next G vision.

As a member of the Next G Alliance, NI will help identify research priorities and connect wireless researchers with leading integrated hardware and software technologies to accelerate engineering discovery – a process that will help create a path forward for the future of wireless. By providing deep domain knowledge and expertise in advanced wireless research, NI will collaborate with researchers as they quickly define and realise the possibilities of the 6G ecosystem to ultimately engineer the extraordinary.

At NI, test and measurement plays a critical role in accelerating the discovery process for advanced wireless research,” said Charles Schroeder, Technology Fellow at NI. “Although 6G may seem far away to some, academic and industry researchers have already begun the experiments and research that will ultimately lead to the creation of a 6G wireless standard. We’re excited to work closely with partners like the Next G Alliance to create a more holistic pathway to product realisation and accelerate the market towards Next G readiness.

As other regions of the world launch ambitious 6G R&D initiatives, North American industry must step forward now to create the road map for strong global mobile technology leadership into the next decade,” said ATIS President & CEO, Susan Miller. “The work of NI and the other Next G Alliance members is critical to advancing North American global leadership over the 5G evolutionary path and 6G development. It is establishing what is needed to promote a vibrant marketplace for North American innovation in 6G introduction, adoption and commercialisation.

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About ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions):
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) is a standards organisation that develops technical and operational standards and solutions for the ICT (information & communications technology) industry, headquartered in Washington DC. The organisation is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member of and major US contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

ATIS has 150 member companies, including various telecommunications service providers, equipment manufacturers and vendors. The organisation encompasses numerous industry committees and fora, which discuss, evaluate and author guidelines concerning such topics as 5G, cybersecurity, network reliability, technological interoperability, emergency services, billing, M2M, the all IP transition, and network function virtualization.
Information & communications technology (ICT) stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage and audiovisual, that enable users to access, store, transmit and manipulate information. The term ICT is also used to refer to the convergence of audiovisual and telephone networks with IT computer networks through a single cabling or link system.

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