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The government already appears to be planning for sixth-generation mobile technology, even before the arrival of 5G services.

The Con-Lib coalition has committed up to £15 million in funding to train the next generation of quantum engineers.

And according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, these specialists will build "innovative new products like 6G smartphones".

Funding is being made available via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to create a number of quantum technologies ‘skills hubs’ across the UK.

They will work in partnership with the telecoms industry to deliver training and career development programmes for PhD students.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said that from cameras that can see through smoke to cracking down on internet fraud, quantum technologies are "taking innovation to a whole new level".

He said these solutions offer an unparalleled opportunity to shape the next generation of high-tech products that will improve our day-to-day lives.

"This £15 million investment will ensure we have the flexible, highly-skilled workforce needed to turn these futuristic ideas into a reality," Mr Cable stated.

Greg Clark, the Universities, Science and Cities Minister, commented that quantum technologies are set to transform the way people live, by pushing the "boundaries of knowledge".

This will benefit industries such as healthcare, communications and security, he stated.

"Quantum skills will allow us to bring game-changing advantages to future timing, sensing and navigation capabilities, in a sector that could be worth more than £1 billion to the UK economy," Mr Clark added.

"That is why we are investing up to £15 million to train specialists with the right entrepreneurial and business skills to ensure we have the talent to keep us ahead of growing international competition."

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