Ericsson Ramps Up UK 6G Efforts
is to establish a new research unit in the UK as part of a multi-million-pound
investment to boost the country’s future wireless connectivity capabilities.
Tens of millions of pounds (GBP) will be invested by Ericsson over the next 10
years in a UK-based program that will focus on 6G research and breakthrough
innovations. Research areas will include network resilience and security,
artificial intelligence, cognitive networks and energy efficiency – all
considered to be key building blocks of the world’s future digital
infrastructure for society, industries and consumers.
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. It is anticipated that 6G will merge the digital and
physical world, contribute to a more intelligent, sustainable and efficient
society and help deliver new use cases that include multi-sensory extended
reality, precision healthcare, smart agriculture, cobots, and intelligent
The announcement of research investment in the UK builds on Ericsson’s long
history at the heart of the country’s telecommunications industry and supports
the Government’s ambition to be a leader in the development of future
communications and global standards.
DCMS Secretary of State Michelle Donelan says: “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."
Katherine Ainley, CEO, Ericsson UK & Ireland, says: “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.”
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
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.”