5G Innovation Centre

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The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey is now the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications. Bringing together leading academic expertise and key industry partners in a shared vision, the 5GIC will help to define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future.

The 5GIC has been set up to drive the delivery of a mobile communications and wireless connectivity capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy. Part of the University’s Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), which sits in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the 5GIC draws on Surrey’s internationally leading work and knowledge in mobile communications, Internet of Things (IoT), satellite communications and broadcasting, Connected cars and Future Internet. Research  in the Centre is conducted in close collaboration with 5GIC’s members, who represent all aspects of the wireless communications and future internet domains, and include the major telecom service providers, infrastructure vendors,  device and car manufacturers. The campus wide testbed that consists of mobile broadband, IoT and Connected cars offer the researchers and students practical experimental facilities in their study and advanced research.

Situated on the University of Surrey’s Guildford campus, the 5GIC houses 170 researchers in a purpose-built building.  At the heart of the 5GIC is a state-of-the-art testbed – the world’s leading independent testbed for trialling emerging 5G ideas, proving concepts, validating standards and vendor inter-operability testing. This equips researchers with a fully-functioning advanced 4G network which, over time, will be upgraded to a fully-fledged 5G system, enabling the development and testing of 5G prototype technologies in a real world situation. The testbed covers an area of 4km2 comprising indoor and outdoor environments and supports broadband mobile and IoT. The Centre also hosts dedicated specialist laboratories for network testing and management, and communications electronics.  You can view a short film about the 5GIC here

The 5GIC is funded by £12 million from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and over £68 million co-investment from the Centre’s industry and regional partners, including the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Surrey’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers a range of programmes which provide specialised training in engineering aspects of the fast-developing IoT and wireless communications field. Read about our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. These include our BEng and MEng programmes in Communication Systems , our MSc Mobile Communication Systems, MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications and MSc Communication Networks and Software,  IoT and our Electronic Engineering PhD.

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