King's College London and Technische Universität Dresden are collaborating with Ericsson on 5G mobile research.

The partners said their collective efforts will focus on both the technical implications and the “societal challenges” of implementing the next generation mobile communications technology, which is expected to make an appearance in Europe around 2020.

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5G networks are expected to be available in Europe by 2020 © iStock/weerapatkiatdumrong

Valter D'Avino, Ericsson head of Western and Central Europe, said: "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.

"The partnership underscores Ericsson's ongoing commitment to innovate in Europe and develop 5G with relevant partners as the basis of a networked society and of digitised economies in the next decades."

Ericsson is also leading the EU METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society) project, and is involved in the 5G PPP (5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership) effort, in which vendors, operators and players from industries such as the automotive, utilities and automation sectors are working closely together.

By 2020, analysts expect there will be up to 50 billion connected devices in the world, mainly supporting the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and Internet of Things markets, and 5G is expected to play a key role role in supporting them.