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ATIS Next G Alliance Names VT-ARC as Technical Program Office, Major Role in Advancing 6G

ATIS Next G Alliance Names VT-ARC as Technical Program Office, Major Role in Advancing 6G

WASHINGTON, DC — ATIS today announced that Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) has been selected as the Technical Program Office (TPO) for the Next G Alliance. In this role, VT-ARC will manage and synchronize the Next G Alliance working group deliverables and engage the broader academic research community in the initiative’s primary goal of establishing North American leadership in 6G.  As a member of the VT-ARC team, Dr. Eric Burger, Research Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, will serve as Technical Director of the TPO. Burger formerly served as FCC CTO and Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Cybersecurity of Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the White House,

A critical part of the Next G Alliance’s work is developing the National 6G Roadmap. Geared toward the eventual commercialization of 6G, the Roadmap will address the full lifecycle of research, standardization, development, manufacturing and market readiness with a built-in focus on sustainability and the societal drivers that will shape future wireless technologies.  The TPO is central to coordinating across the six Next G Alliance working groups developing the National 6G Roadmap: Roadmap Development, Green G, Technology, Applications, Spectrum and Societal and Economic Needs.

“VT-ARC will be a valuable partner in coordinating across the diverse landscape of working groups to help the Next G Alliance deliver on its ambitious agenda,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “This effort involves approaching the broader research community with a vision that integrates business needs and R&D priorities. Through its demonstrated abilities in research management and outreach, VT-ARC will be a strategic partner in helping the Next G Alliance excel in its mission and position North America as a leader in future wireless generations.”

“As an organization dedicated to being a leader in innovative technologies that safeguard the nation and advance global welfare, we are excited about being selected as the Technical Program Office for the Next G Alliance,” said Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation President & CEO John Forte. “VT-ARC is confident this partnership along with Eric Burger’s leadership as TPO Director will make a positive impact towards advancing 5G’s evolution and shaping 6G development and innovation. Further, we believe this relationship and its intended impact will establish North America as an undisputed global leader in wireless communication technologies.” 

About ATIS
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s business priorities. Our Next G Alliance is building the foundation for North American leadership in 6G and beyond. ATIS’ 150 member companies are also currently working to address 5G, robocall mitigation, IoT, Smart Cities, artificial intelligence-enabled networks, distributed ledger/blockchain technology, cybersecurity, emergency services, quality of service, billing support, operations and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit Follow ATIS on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

About the Next G Alliance
The Next G Alliance has united 50 of the leading information and communications companies in a bold shared commitment to advance the evolution of 5G, chart the future of 6G technology and put North America at the forefront of wireless technology leadership for the next decade and beyond. The membership spans infrastructure, semiconductor and device vendors; operators; hyperscalers; research organizations; and others. To join in this work, contact ATIS Membership Director Rich Moran. Learn more about the Next G Alliance at:




Marcella Wolfe, Manager – Public Relations and Marketing Communications, ATIS