Ericsson has announced the launch of its ‘India 6G’ program with the formation of an India 6G research team in its Chennai research and development (R&D) centre. Ericsson has three R&D centres in India including Chennai, Bengaluru, and Gurgaon. The India 6G team comprises of senior research leaders and a team of experienced researchers across radio, networks, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud, who have been entrusted with developing fundamental solutions for the future of telecommunications.

Together with Ericsson research teams in Sweden and the US, the India research team will work collaboratively to develop the technology which will help to deliver a cyber-physical continuum where networks will deliver critical services, immersive communications, omnipresent internet of things (IoT) while ensuring the integrity of the delivered information. The 6G research team in India will develop novel solutions in collaboration with Ericsson global research teams. Some of the projects where the teams will be working include channel modelling and hybrid beamforming, low energy networks, cloud evolution and sustainable compute, trustworthy, explainable, and bias-free AI algorithms, autonomous agents for intent management functions, integrated sensing and communication functions for man-machine continuum and compute offload to edge-computing cloud amongst others.

Commenting on the launch, Magnus Frodigh, head, research, Ericsson, said, “By establishing a dedicated 6G research team for in-country research, contextual to India’s need and collaborating with the world class research programs across international research labs, we look forward to incorporating the needs of India into the mainstream of telecommunication technology evolution.”

Ericsson is partnering with premier institutes in India for radio, AI, and cloud research, the most recent being a five-year partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ (IIT Madras) Centre for Responsible AI (CeRAI) that was signed in September 2023. The CeRAI is an interdisciplinary research centre that envisions becoming a premier research centre for both fundamental and applied research in responsible AI with immediate impact in deploying AI systems in the Indian ecosystem. AI research is of high importance to Ericsson as the 6G networks would be autonomously driven by AI algorithms. Ericsson is also looking to partner with other premier engineering institutes in India for 6G related research.

Ericsson has been present in India since 1903 and the Ericsson research team was established in 2010. With the setting up of 6G research in India, Ericsson looks forward to playing a pivotal role in enabling India to be at the forefront of future communication technology. Ericsson envisions a 6G network platform which connects humans and machines and is able to fully merge physical and digital worlds to allow seamless interaction and immersive experiences.

Meanwhile, Nitin Bansal, head, Ericsson India, said, “Our views on 6G are aligned with the views of ubiquitous connectivity, sustainable networks and affordable communications from Bharat 6G vision statement of the government of India.”

Based on the work being done by Indian researchers and the global teams, Ericsson in India is well poised to usher in the India 6G era in collaboration with the government, universities, and the industry ecosystem in India. In India, Ericsson is partnering with leading communications service providers, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio towards deploying 5G in the country.