July 19, 2024

Ericsson And KAUST R&D Alliance To Boost 5G And 6G In KSA

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Ericsson has announced the extension of its successful research and development (R&D) partnership with King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) for an additional two years, following the impactful outcomes achieved in their initial three-year collaboration.
Ericsson And KAUST R&D Alliance To Boost 5G And 6G In KSA. Pierre Magistretti, Vice President of Research, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, and Mashhour Al-Sudairy, Head of Local Content at Ericsson Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy: Ericsson

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has announced the extension of its successful research and development (R&D) partnership with King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) for an additional two years, following the impactful outcomes achieved in their initial three-year collaboration.

Industry sources added that this expansion stresses the level of commitment of both institutions to continue advancing cutting-edge technologies in telecommunications, including 5G and 6G with specific emphasis on on-chip reflective intelligent surfaces, and free-space optical communications, within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

Ericsson and KAUST extend research collaboration to propel 5G and 6G in Saudi Arabia
Ericsson and KAUST extend research collaboration to propel 5G and 6G in Saudi Arabia

Industry sources also further confirmed that this partnership has also facilitated the exchange of knowledge and collaboration among students and researchers between KAUST and Ericsson Research in Sweden, enriching the educational and professional experiences of the participants and building a robust pipeline of talent that supports the Kingdom’s technological aspirations.

Industry sources added that since its inception, the partnership has fostered numerous valuable scientific publications and findings. The collaborative research focused on machine learning for frequency-selective wireless channels, Terahertz (THz) and free-space optical communications, and transparent and flexible intelligent surfaces. Building on these successes, the extended phase will delve deeper into the next generation of telecommunication technologies, with a particular focus on on-chip reflective intelligent surfaces and free-space optical communications.

Pierre Magistretti, Vice President of Research, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, stated: “The extension of our partnership with Ericsson reflects our shared vision for pioneering the telecommunications landscape of tomorrow. Through this collaboration, we have been able to combine KAUST’s research capabilities with Ericsson’s industry expertise to produce groundbreaking scientific research. Our efforts have not only enhanced our research capabilities but have also contributed significantly to the development of a skilled talent pool in alignment with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The next phase of our partnership promises even greater innovations, as we continue to explore the untapped potential of advanced telecommunication technologies.”

Mashhour Al-Sudairy, Head of Local Content at Ericsson Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stated: “Our ongoing partnership with KAUST is a testament to Ericsson’s commitment to fostering innovation through collaborative research. The initial phase of our partnership yielded significant advancements in telecommunication technologies, which have been crucial in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the 5G and emerging 6G space. As we move into the next phase of our partnership, our focus will remain on harnessing the full potential of next-generation technologies to further revolutionize connectivity and telecommunication technologies.”

Industry sources added further that this partnership has also facilitated the exchange of knowledge and collaboration among students and researchers between KAUST and Ericsson Research in Sweden, enriching the educational and professional experiences of the participants and building a robust pipeline of talent that supports the Kingdom’s technological aspirations.

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