Bringing ideas to life

Innovating through collaboration with King’s College London

Reshaping our world with 5G research

5G has the potential to reshape our world for the better, significantly enhancing countless industries and improving people’s lives in untold ways.

Inspired by the benefits of 5G technology, Ericsson is collaborating with King's College London to form exciting industry partnerships with the view to improve quality of life and work in society through technology innovation. Carefully chosen partners are enabling compelling research into key technological fields, dreaming up new applications and services to influence a variety of industries and disrupt our preconceptions.

The 5G research being undertaken in the fields of medicine, education, gaming and culture is expanding the limits of technological imagination, whether it's by using the internet to facilitate surgery on the other side of the planet, drastically reducing latency for truly immersive mobile gaming experiences, making expert skills and knowledge available to anyone through remote transfer, or allowing musicians scattered across the globe to play together in harmony.

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The 5G playground

These future-shaping projects are made possible by the work being done in the 5G Research and Innovation Laboratory – a unique ecosystem that brings together a range of research disciplines, from telecommunications, to transport, to artificial intelligence.

The combination of a 5G testbed from Ericsson in the academic space provided by King's College London creates an atmosphere of inspiration: the 5G Research and Innovation Lab presents a completely neutral environment where diverse industries can come together in like-minded collaboration and trial ideas, with everyone working towards the same goal of providing real, tangible benefits for the world through technology innovation.

For instance, we are exploring how to transfer human skills remotely with the Internet of Skills, using this as a tool to further develop 5G technology and unlock its wider potential. This concept aims to extend abilities, understanding and knowledge beyond geographical limitations, sharing expertise across a connected world that can be accessed by everyone. The remote process – enabled by the higher bandwidths and low latency that a 5G infrastructure provides – allows tactile, visual and sound data to be shared in a way that combines immersive technology and physical existence, both in real time and in a commoditized manner so that the process can be replicated as required.
The lab enables the evolution of ideas, giving the innovators room to explore in a 5G playground – the power to test and tweak what's currently possible, and develop the technology required in the future.

Explore our other industry collaborations

Healing hand

We are collaborating with Dr Prokar Dasgupta, a professor and surgeon at King's College London Hospital to explore how the tactile internet can provide patients around the world with access to remote medical specialists. Learn more about this case here.

Child looking at tablet

We are working with King's College London and Jason Williams at Rooplay to unlock education by making gaming more immersive with cutting-edge 5G technology. Learn more about this case here.

crowd in a stadium

Together with artist, writer and philosopher Ali Hossaini, we are working to discover how 5G can transform the arts and impact sensory experiences, bringing cultural events to new audiences around the world. Learn more about this case here.

person playing piano

The Internet of Skills can enable anyone to become an expert. Together with Dr Mischa Dohler, Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, we are learning how to transfer human knowledge remotely. Learn more about this case here.


safety and security

By harnessing 5G technology, Ericsson and Boliden are boosting reliable communications in mines to improve productivity and safety. Learn more about this case here.

Speeding truck on the road

Join Ericsson, Scania and the Royal Institute of Technology as they accelerate autonomous, connected transportation fueled by 5G. Learn more about this case here.

Drone flying

Ericsson and ABB are engineering robot remote control with haptics, enabling us to realistically 'touch' the virtual world for the first time. Learn more about this case here.

man cutting trees

Ericsson, Cramo and Husqvarna have created a pioneering proof of concept for process automation, transforming the tool rental business. Learn more about this case here.


SKF, Chalmers University of Technology and Ericsson are launching the next Industrial Revolution, with the help of 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things. Learn more about this case here.

man looking at a tablet

Ericsson is partnering with AstraZeneca, WND and China Mobile to enhance healthcare services in China through collaboration and the Internet of Things.Learn more about this case here.

people taking photo on a bridge

We are connecting people, objects and the cloud to optimize processes, enhance safety and reduce costs in services enabled by 5G projects. Learn more about this case here.

robot in a kitchen

In collaboration with the BioRobotics Institute and Zucchetti Centro Sistemi, Ericsson is exploring innovative uses for 5G cloud robotics. Learn more about this case here.


Discover how Ericsson, CNIT and the Port of Livorno are considering ways to transform seaport communications by developing a connected port. Learn more about this case here.

factory line

Two Tuscany-based companies are combining their research efforts with Ericsson to transform healthcare treatments and improve the lives of patients around the world. Learn more about this case here.

scooters in a manufacturing unit

In collaboration with Ericsson, Tuscan company Piaggio is using 5G technology to put Italy at the forefront of the transportation sector once again. Learn more about this case here.


Ericsson factories in Sweden, Estonia and China are fast-tracking the introduction of a new generation smart manufacturing. Learn more about these cases here