5G comms receives government funding for regional growth

Surrey University has announced a successful bid for £5m of government funding for its 5G comms research, specifically its 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), centring on mobile broadband.

Surrey University 5G research centre (5GIC)

Surrey University 5G research centre (5GIC)

The funding will be made available over five years and is based on the 5GIC being seen as “a key driver for economic growth in the region”.

“We are delighted to hear the excellent news of Enterprise M3’s successful bid in attracting funding to our region,” says Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Surrey.

The University of Surrey has been working very closely with the LEP and other key partners to develop an economic strategy for Surrey and Hampshire, which capitalises on the region’s strengths and plays to its potential as a leader in the connected digital economy.”

“The 5GIC is the world’s first dedicated research centre for 5G technology and an international hub for telecommunications research and innovation. Our vision is for the centre to play a crucial role in developments connected with the Internet of Things, intelligent transportation, “smart’ cities and Future Internet technologies, with significant benefits for UK business innovation, profitability and efficiency.”

“This funding, which prioritises the development and expansion of 5G mobile technology in the region, provides an exciting opportunity to accelerate 5G’s impact locally, helping Surrey and Hampshire based companies get a head start on what the new technology will enable, in terms of growth and investment, for both the UK and global economies.”

Note that Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, on the University’s Stag Hill campus in Guildford, is due to open in April 2015.

Industry partners for 5GIC include:

  • Aeroflex,
  • AIRCOM International,
  • BBC,
  • BT,
  • EE,
  • Fujitsu,
  • Huawei,
  • Ofcom,
  • Rohde & Schwarz,
  • Samsung,
  • Telefonica and
  • Vodafone

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