The battle for setting the 5G agenda continued at Mobile World Congress with Ericsson announcing a new “5G for Sweden” research scheme.
The vendor will work with companies such as Scania and Volvo, as well as several academic and research partners from across Sweden.
Ericsson said it wanted to develop and roll in ICT solutions into products and services built upon emerging 5G standards. An example of this is work it is doing with Scania, which will examine future transport solutions.
Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research, said: “By bringing strong industries and leading universities and research institutions together, we will gain valuable insights and innovations that will enable industries to become digital, using 5G as an enabler.
“We will establish a strong research community in the ICT field and its integration in industry processes, products and services. Our expectation is that in 2020 the network infrastructure will be capable of connecting everything according to a multiplicity of application-specific requirements.”
The program is the latest addition to an increasingly crowded group of trials, projects and alliances. The past few days have seen Nokia Networks partner with NTT DOCOMO to explore millimetre wave technology, a separate millimetre wave trial between Samsung and SK Telecom and new air interfaces from Huawei.
In the UK, the University of Surrey is behind a 5G research centre, with involvement from across the industry. Ericsson announced last week it was working with a Chinese academy to explore radio access technology for 5G. A separate centre was also set up this year in Kazakhstan.