Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK will work with Germany to develop a new fifth-generation mobile data connection.
The proposed 5G would be even faster than the 4G speeds currently being rolled-out by mobile networks.
Speaking at the CeBit trade show in Hannover, he said: “With 4G, an 800 megabyte movie takes around 40 seconds to download; with 5G that would be cut to one second.
“This is a prize that researchers all over the world are going for.”
The joint partnership with Germany will pitch the UK against tech companies and researchers in Asia and could see UK businesses benefit from essential patent royalties.