Ericsson has announced plans to invest what it describes as “millions of pounds” to boost UK research capabilities and drive global development of 6G future communications and standards.
The 10 year programme will include research into artificial intelligence, network resilience and security, cognitive networks and energy efficiency.
6G is expected to become available in the 2030s, building mobile connectivity breakthroughs enabled by the high-end capabilities of 5G, said the company, and it is anticipated that 6G will merge the digital and physical world, with new use cases including multi-sensory extended reality.
Magnus Frodigh, VP and head of Ericsson Research, said: “Ericsson is at the forefront of global research, innovation and developing open standards that will underpin a future of limitless connectivity and new technologies.
“Establishing a research program in the UK means the country will be well positioned to utilise its existing high international level of knowledge in wireless systems and technologies to produce ground-breaking 6G research that not only can help shape the future of global standards but also deliver a more connected, efficient and sustainable society.”
The UK’s secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Michelle Donelan added: “Ericsson’s investment is a huge vote of confidence in the UK’s innovative telecoms sector. This pioneering research unit will create new jobs, support students and bring together some of our country’s finest minds to shape the future of telecoms infrastructure in the UK and across the globe.
“Our mission is to lead the world in developing next-generation network tech, and we will soon publish a strategy outlining how we harness 6G to deliver more for people and business.”