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01 December 2021

King's co-launches centre for 6G research

New centre consolidates the position of King’s College London and the University of Bristol as pioneers of next generation mobile networks at Royal Academy of Engineering event.


As announced on 4 August 2021, King’s is bringing its expertise on 5G and future networks to a new collaboration with the University of Bristol. The two universities have established ‘6G Futures’, a leading centre for 6G research, education and innovation. 6G Futures will be a focus for 6G research in the UK, providing leadership and ensuring the UK’s position at the forefront of next generation mobile networks research and innovation.

In an effort to bring the 6G ecosystem together, 6G Futures is co-organising a one-day workshop with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) on 6 December 2021. The invitation-only workshop features international speakers to share their experience from their countries' 6G initiatives. Professor Toktam Mahmoodi, Professor in Communications Engineering at King’s Department of Engineering and co-lead of 6G Futures, commented: 

We believe success in 6G can only be achieved through involving all stakeholders, and at 6G Futures our effort above all is to be inclusive. The workshop at RAEng will be an opportunity for the government, industry and academia to come together and recognise the importance of early and inclusive investment in this area.

Professor Toktam Mahmoodi

The centre hosts globally recognised experts in the field from the two universities, drawing from King’s Centre for Telecommunication Research (CTR) and the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. Both the CTR and Smart Internet Lab have established extensive research collaboration leading to seminal technical publications, policy papers and ground-breaking use-case demonstrations. Their pioneering work brought 5G into the mainstream, and in combining their significant expertise to focus on the next generation mobile networks the partnership seeks to establish 6G Futures as a centre for 6G excellence in the UK.

Professor Reza Razavi, Vice President & Vice Principal (Research) at King’s, said:

If the UK is going to play a major role in realising the potential of 6G, we need a national centre that brings together the very best minds in communications technologies, cyber, AI, digital humanities, the arts and social science. The formation of this centre is a truly exciting moment in the trajectory of 6G evolution.

Professor Reza Razavi

This is an update on the story published on 4 August 2021.

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Toktam Mahmoodi

Professor of Communications Engineering

Reza  Razavi

Vice President (Research)