Ericsson is to set up a 6G research unit in the UK as part of a multi-million-pound investment over the next ten years.
The centre will focus on 6G research, including network resilience and security, artificial intelligence, cognitive networks and energy efficiency.
The program will employ 20 dedicated researchers and support additional PhD students who will work alongside leading academics, CSPs and industry partners to lead 6G research projects that contribute to the development of global technology, network innovation and new product solutions.
6G is expected to become available in the 2030s, building on societal, consumer and industry use-case mobile connectivity breakthroughs enabled by the high-end capabilities of 5G.
“Ericsson has been connecting the UK for more than 120 years and this new investment underlines our ongoing commitment to ensure the country remains a global leader in the technologies and industries of the future,” said Katherine Ainley, CEO, Ericsson UK & Ireland.
“Our vision for a more connected, safer and sustainable world is one that is shared by the UK government, and we look forward to working together with network operators, industries and academia to develop international standards that will move us ever closer to achieving seamless global connectivity and truly groundbreaking innovation.”
Magnus Frodigh, VP & Head of Ericsson Research, says: “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.”
Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of International Trade says: “As a major supplier to UK operators, it is great to see Ericsson announce its new Telecoms 6G Research and Development centre. This investment in the UK telecoms sector will help promote stronger research, innovation and collaboration. UKRI and the UK Government more broadly will continue to support the development of Telecoms talent and new ideas in this exciting growth area.”
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