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Ericsson to invest millions into 6G research program in the UK

Megan Robinson
November 22, 2022

This announcement builds on Ericsson’s history within telecommunications and supports the government’s ambition to be a leader in future communications and global standards

Ericsson is set to invest tens of millions over the next ten years into a UK-based program that focuses on 6G research to boost future connectivity capabilities.

The research areas are key building blocks for the world’s future infrastructure and include network resilience and security, artificial intelligence, cognitive networks and energy efficiency.

6G is said to become available in the 2030’s and will build on connectivity breakthroughs enabled by 5G capabilities. 

The 6G network may be able to contribute to a more sustainable, intelligent and efficient society and merge the digital and physical world to deliver use cases of multi-sensory extended reality, precision healthcare, smart agriculture, cobots and intelligent autonomous systems.

The new program will employ 20 researchers and support PhD students who will work with academics, CPSs and industry partners to lead 6G research projects.

Next-generation tech

Katherine Ainley, CEO, Ericsson UK & Ireland, said: “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.

“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.”

DCMS Secretary of State 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.”

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