The government of the United Kingdom will accelerate research and development on next-gen 5G and 6G wireless technology and telecoms security as part of a 110 million pounds investment.
In the package announced, three top UK universities, including the University of Bristol, University of York, and the University of Surrey, will receive a share of 28 million pounds to partner with large telecoms companies, including Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia to design and build networks of the future such as 6G technology.
This move will bolster the status of the UK as a global leader in telecoms research and it follows a recent decision by Samsung and Ericsson to develop cutting-edge 6G research centres in the United Kingdom. The move will also support the launch of 5G technology by making it easier for more companies to enter the market.
All three universities will work with some world-leading academics in the United Kingdom, and industry players to make sure future technologies, including 6G, and designed in a way that promotes a more diverse and innovative telecoms market, and this will bring an end to current network setups where all network equipment must be from a single supplier.
The new package also includes 80 million pounds for the UK Telecoms Lab being built in Solihull in the West Midlands, and the new facility will also create dozens of specialized jobs in cyber security and telecoms for the United Kingdom.