Although it will still be a few years before the fifth generation of mobile communications technology is in operation around the UK, research for 6G is already under way.
It wasn’t until 3G was launched in the mid-2000s that web browsing became ubiquitous on smartphones.
4G then allowed for video and music streaming, and 5G is expected to deliver more augmented reality applications and bring enormous industrial benefits too.
A new innovation centre at the University of Surrey is now preparing for 6G, which could enable the communication of physical sensations across the world instantaneously.
Speaking to The Times, Professor Alan Woodward said he expected medicine would be one of the