Ericsson has established a cross-industry 5G research and development (R&D) programme involving a range of European markets. Ericsson will drive the research, which will focus on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler.
The programme's academic and research partners include major technical universities such as Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, IMDEA Networks Institute, Madrid, Spain, and King's College, London, United Kingdom. Among the industry partners are enterprises such as wiseSense, Weiss Robotics and MyOmega System Technology in Germany and Zucchetti Centro Sistemi in Italy.
In March 2015, Ericsson launched the 5G for Sweden R&D programme, together with partners in Swedish industry and academia. 5G for Europe broadens this initiative to seven countries and 10 institutions, with further partners to be included over time.
The programme will initiate cross-industry research collaborations focused on the integration of ICT in industry processes, products and services, and which leverage Europe's position as the region with the world's second largest R&D spend.
The programme will also create innovation projects that enable smaller companies to cooperate with a wide range of industry players, to interact with academia, and to secure early and affordable technology access.
5G for Europe will also deliver industry pilots of possible 5G solutions in areas including transport and automotive, the Internet of Things, utilities, public safety, public infrastructure and retail.