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Surrey University awarded £35m for 5G innovation hub

Less than a week after a deal was reached over the UK’s 4G rollout comes the news that the UK is set to become a 5G “playgound” with a consortium of companies setting up a ‘5G Innovation Centre’ at the University of Surrey. 

As part of a wider announcement on research funding, on Monday, Chancellor George Osbourne said £35m has been earmarked for the Surrey project. £11.6m will come from the UK government, while around £24m will come from a consortium of companies including Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica Europe, Fujitsu Laboratories Europe, Rohde-Schwarz and AIRCOM International.

5G will be in place by the year 2020, according to Prof Rahim Tafozolli, director of Surrey University's Centre for Communications Systems Research (CCSR):

"4G for us is old hat,” he said. “We started working on 4G 10 years ago”.

"The growth in the number of new applications running on the networks is accelerating, as ever more mobile devices become the preferred route for Internet access. Such unprecedented data traffic growth requires the urgent introduction of new 5G advanced technologies that maximise the use of the limited available radio spectrum and provide for Greener technologies and solutions,” he said 

The money will be used to develop a specialised 5G Innovation Centre to stimulate significant expansion in UK research, development, innovation and the provision of broadband mobile internet services. It’s hoped that the new centre will herald a renaissance for the European mobile industry and overturn the base shift which has seen much innovation coming from the U.S in recent years. According to Professor Tafozolli, Surrey’s role is likely to be pivotal, creating the requisite conditions for:  

“The UK to be the playground for advanced technologies for mobile broadband communications.”

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