Ericsson has announced collaboration with King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) for 5G research.
The focus of this initiative will be to address the technical implications and the societal challenges of implementing the next-generation of communications technology, Ericsson said.
The partnership is significant considering the traction 5G is gaining. 5G is expected to begin its commercial rollout in 2020 by which time Ericsson believes that there will be up to 50 billion connected devices in the world, mainly in machine-to-machine communication.
The collaborations with the two universities will build on other leading European research institute and university collaborations in the 5G sphere, such as those with the Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University in Sweden, the company said.
Valter D’Avino, Ericsson head of Region Western and Central Europe, says, “The collaboration with King’s College London and TU Dresden will accelerate the momentum around smart sustainable cities, the Internet of Things and evolved industries powered by 5G in UK and Germany.
Ericsson is also leading the EU project METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society) and been a driving force of 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership), in which vendors, operators and players from industries such as the automotive, utilities and automation sectors are working closely together.
5G networks will enable a wide variety of use cases such as evolved mobile broadband services, a range of machine-to-machine communication and media distribution. These services will demand diverse requirements on the performance of the networks.