Three universities to develop 5G test network

Experts from leading 5G research institutions will test cutting-edge 5G technology, in an attempt to put the UK at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology.

King’s College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol will share £16 million to develop the cutting-edge 5G test network, to trial the technology and make sure people and businesses can enjoy the benefits sooner.

The universities will work together to create three small-scale mobile networks which together will form the test network, which will result in a 5G end-to-end trial in early 2018.

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said: “We want to be at the head of the field in 5G. This funding will support the pioneering research needed to ensure we can harness the potential of this technology to spark innovation, create new jobs and boost the economy. We know 5G has the potential to bring more reliable, ultrafast mobile connectivity, with quicker reaction times and larger data capabilities, and I’m thrilled to announce King’s College London and the universities of Surrey and Bristol have agreed to collaborate on this project.”

Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre director, is the project lead and will be working with Dimitra Simeonidou from the University of Bristol and Mischa Dohler from King’s College London to deliver the project. Other academic institutions, industry and local authorities will also be able to bid for further funding to be part of this programme from 2018/19 onwards.

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