The Telecommunications Industry Solutions Alliance (ATIS) this week announced that Apple has joined the Next G Alliance, an industry group that will work to advance sixth-generation (6G) cellular networks over the next decade, according to CNET. The company is one of 11 new members of the group, along with Charter, Cisco, Google, HP, Intel, Keysight Technologies, LG, Mavenir, MITER and VMware.
The Next G Alliance is said to lay the foundation for the dynamic development of future generations of mobile technology in North America. It is named after its overarching goal of bringing North America to the fore in the evolution of 5G and the evolution of 6G. The work of the alliance will cover the full life cycle of research and development, production, standardization and preparation of final solutions to market. Next G Alliance announced that it will hold its first meeting of members on November 16 to determine the overall direction and strategy of the work.
AT&T said in September that it already had engineers working on 6G networks, but the technology would not be implemented for a long time. However, earlier this month, China successfully launched its first 6G exploration satellite into Earth orbit.
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