The Swedish telecommunications firm said it would invest “tens of millions of pounds” over the next decade in the new centre.

The programme will employ 20 dedicated researchers with additional support for PhD students who will focus on research areas including network resilience and security, artificial intelligence, cognitive networks and energy efficiency.

With 5G still in its relative infancy, 6G networks are not expected to be commercially deployed until 2030 at the earliest. Only around 50 per cent of the UK population currently has access to 5G where they live, with landmass coverage lower than 12 per cent.

While finalisation of the standard is still some way off, researchers demonstrated possible 6G technologies last year with the transfer of an uncompressed, 8K ultra-high- definition video stream with a data rate of 48Gbit/s over 300GHz terahertz waves.

6G is expected to build on 5G’s features by broadening consumer and industry use-cases such...