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THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ERICSSON AND KAUST WILL STUDY AND ENVISAGE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF 6G COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS .
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THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ERICSSON AND KAUST WILL STUDY AND ENVISAGE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF 6G COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS .

Ericsson and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology ( KAUST ) have announced an initial three-year research and development ( R & D ) partnership focused on three research projects aimed at advancing telecommunication networks with cutting edge technologies . The partnership aims to understand the key features and requirements of next-generation communication systems .

With current optimisation algorithms often entailing considerable computational complexity and processing overhead , Ericsson and KAUST will utilise Machine Learning ( ML ) for frequency-selective wireless channels , with the aim of using deep learning to solve channel estimation and resource allocation problems for massive multiple-input multiple-output ( MIMO ) systems . Moreover , as future communication networks will have more emphasis on high data rates , low latency , and high security , Ericsson and KAUST will investigate transparent and flexible intelligent surfaces for 5G and beyond enhanced communication . facilities offer an empowering environment for this cutting-edge research partnership and we look forward to working closely with colleagues from Ericsson to address the key challenges .”
With Saudi Arabia ’ s Vision 2030 having ambitious communication technology goals , the partnership between Ericsson and KAUST will study and envisage the characteristics of the next generation of 6G communication systems and provide future-proof , high-quality networks and solutions that will prove vital to the country in its realisation of Vision 2030 .
The agreement is a by-product of stc ’ s Rawafed programme ’ s vision to enable local content while contributing to the Kingdom ’ s ICT sector . Commenting on the agreement , Eng . Emad Alaoudah ,
According to the two organisations , the partnership will also focus on 6G capabilities moving to higher frequencies such as Terahertz ( THz ) for higher data rates . In particular , Ericsson and KAUST researchers will study backup solutions for THz communications to guarantee uninterrupted high rate backhaul in 6G dense networks .
Professor Bradley , Vice President for Research , King Abdullah University of Science and Technology , said : “ We are excited to collaborate with Ericsson to develop novel architectures for future communication networks . As the demand for enhanced communications continues to expand globally , innovative technologies are increasingly needed to solve the major challenges of 5G and future 6G networks . KAUST faculty and
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