US Ignite Launches Advanced Wireless Industry Consortium

  • US Ignite
WASHINGTON — US Ignite announced a new Advanced Wireless Industry Consortium to help align and focus US efforts to exploit new wireless technologies beyond 5G. Combined, these new technologies may provide 1000x improvements in throughput over current wireless networks.

The Consortium includes 21 companies and organizations that have agreed to contribute resources in support of four unique, city-scale wireless research platforms. These platforms will provide opportunities for company and university researchers to collaboratively shape and focus fundamental wireless research in areas such as millimeter wave (mmWave), dynamic spectrum, 5G+ architecture, and wide-area white space — all areas in which the US will need to excel to sustain its leadership in the global wireless industry. "For us, this effort represents a natural complement to our core mission to help catalyze and deploy applications that leverage smart, gigabit wired and wireless networks," said Bill Wallace, executive director, US Ignite. "With end-to-end, low-latency, gigabit networks supporting end-user and IoT devices, US Ignite be in an even better position to help its community, company and university partners leverage these networks to solve vexing challenges in health care, education, public safety, transportation and clean energy."

Closing the Gap between Research and Commercialization
It’s also expected that this effort will speed up the transfer rate of breakthrough ideas from university research to industry end users, overcoming what is sometimes called the “valley of death” between basic research and commercialization. As a result, this effort will help to increase the number of potentially disruptive applications and the number of innovators and entrepreneurs in the wireless space.

Government Participation
This new Consortium comes at a time when the federal government is also working to advanced research and clear hurdles to advanced wireless technologies. Participating in the announcement of the Consortium are the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Communications Commission, DARPA, NTIA, and NIST.

The charter Advanced Wireless Research Consortium members are: ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions), AT&T, Carlson Wireless Technologies, CommScope, CTIA, HTC, Intel, InterDigital, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, Nokia Bell Laboratories, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, Shared Spectrum, Sprint, TIA (Telecom Industry Association), T-Mobile, Verizon, and Viavi Solutions.


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