The University of Glasgow is building a world-leading facility to test 6G after securing a £2.6m equipment grant.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the world to test prototype devices’ ability to process the complex signals and waveforms underpinning 6G.

Researchers from the university’s James Watt School of Engineering will develop a ‘test cluster’ when works begins on the two year project in January.

The suite of instruments will be capable of probing the features of new devices which will enable ultrafast digital communication - up to 50 times faster than 5G.

Professor Edward Wasige, of the James Watt School of Engineering, is the project’s principal investigator.

He said: “6G communications networks are expected to be commercially available by 2030, and to deliver transformative benefits beyond the already remarkable capabilities of 5G.

“However, there is still a great deal of work to be done to develop the infrastructure, spectrum and protocols that will support data transfer at the speeds of 1.1 terahertz and beyond to deliver 6G.

“Our new facility will play a key role in supporting the development of the technology which will underpin the next generation of wireless communications.”

The university will expand the existing Microwave and Terahertz research lab at its Electronic Systems Design Centre with new equipment.

The plans have been backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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