The IEEE Future Networks Initiative is in the process of creating an Industry Consortium for the broad array of companies working in the 5G and future networks space. We recognize that amid a global financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, innovation projects are often dropped for cost-saving reasons. Our goal is to develop a program that brings value to individual member companies while encouraging and facilitating reduced-cost innovation that is fostered by collaboration.
Membership in the program will provide participating companies with the following:
- Collaborative online testbed – a virtual testing platform that emulates the network from end to end. Member companies can use the platform for their own development and have the opportunity to collaborate with other companies to test together for conformity, compliance, proof of concept, validation, etc.
- Educational services – FNIC will create an Industry Expert Speaker roster from the worldwide IEEE community and work with member companies to address staff educational needs by providing lectures and presentations.
- INGR roadmap access – The International Network Generations Roadmap project will create a special Industry Advisory Board for companies that participate in the FNIC. The FNIC IAB will get exclusive bi-annual presentations from INGR leadership, a copy of every INGR release to distribute internally, and the ability to place staffers in INGR working groups.
- Working groups and events – member companies can create or participate in working groups dedicated to 5G/6G verticals within the IEEE ecosystem. These working groups can develop events – workshops, expositions, hackathons, etc. – that address industry needs in specific verticals and are managed via the expertise of the IEEE Events team.
-Anwer Al-Dulaimi, Future Networks Industry Consortium Chair
-Ashutosh Dutta, Future Networks Initiative Co-Chair