Dubbed the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), Apple joins a bunch of other big tech and communications companies who are looking to help develop 6G tech for the future. While it might sound like these companies are getting ahead of themselves, we suppose having an early headstart is not a bad thing.
According to the announcement, “Designed to set the foundation for a vibrant marketplace for North American innovation in future generations of mobile technology, the Next G Alliance is named after its primary goal: to establish North American preeminence in the 5G evolutionary path and 6G development. Its work will encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.”
So far, the companies involved (in addition to Apple) in this alliance include Charter, Cisco, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, AT&T, Bell Canada, Ciena, Ericsson, Facebook, InterDigital, JMA Wireless, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Samsung, T-Mobile, TELUS, Telnyx, UScellular, and Verizon.