Ericsson will establish a new research department in the UK as part of millions of pounds of investment to improve the future wireless connectivity in the UK.


In the next 10 years, Ericsson will invest tens of millions of pounds in the UK, focusing on 6G research and breakthrough innovation. Research areas will include network resilience and security, artificial intelligence, cognitive networks and energy efficiency — all of which are considered to be the key cornerstones of building the world’s future digital infrastructure for society, industry and consumers.

The project will employ 20 specialized researchers and support additional doctoral students, who will lead the 6G research project together with leading scholars, CSPs and industry partners to contribute to the development of global technology, network innovation and new product solutions.

6G is expected to be put into use in the 1930s, which is a breakthrough in the social, consumer and industrial use case mobile connectivity based on 5G high-end functions. It is expected that 6G will integrate digital and physical worlds, contribute to a more intelligent, sustainable and efficient society, and help deliver new use cases, including multi-sensor extended reality, precision medicine, intelligent agriculture, cooperative robots and intelligent autonomous systems.

Ericsson’s long history in the core of the British telecommunications industry has laid the foundation for research and investment in the UK, and supported the government’s ambition to become the future leader in communications and global standards development.

Michelle Donelan, State Secretary of DCMS, said: “Ericsson’s investment is a huge vote of confidence in the UK’s innovative telecommunications industry. This groundbreaking research unit will create new jobs, support students, and bring together the best talents in our country to shape the future of the UK and global telecommunications infrastructure. Our mission is to lead the world in developing next-generation network technology. We will soon release a strategy outlining how we can use 6G as a People and enterprises provide more services.”

Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK and Ireland, said: “Ericsson has been in contact with the UK for more than 120 years. This new investment highlights our continued commitment to ensure that the UK will remain a global leader in the future technology and industry. Our vision is a more connected, safer and sustainable world, which is the common vision of the British government. We look forward to working with network operators, industry and academia to develop international standards to bring us closer to achieving a seamless Ball connectivity and truly groundbreaking innovation.”

Magnus Frodigh, vice president and director of Ericsson Research, said: “Ericsson is at the forefront of global research, innovation and development of open standards, which will support the future of unlimited connectivity and new technologies. The establishment of a research project in the UK means that the country will make good use of its existing high international level knowledge in wireless systems and technologies to conduct breakthrough 6G research, which can not only help shape the future of global standards, but also provide a more connected, efficient and sustainable Society.”

Dr. Mike Short CBE, the chief scientific adviser of the Department of International Trade, said: “Ericsson, as a major supplier of British operators, is pleased to see that it has announced the establishment of a new 6G R&D center for telecommunications. The investment in the British telecommunications sector will help promote stronger research, innovation and cooperation. UKRI and the British government will continue to support the development of telecommunications talents and new ideas in this exciting growth area in a wider range.”