5G Innovation Centre

About the 5G Innovation Centre

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.

What we do

The 5G Innovation Centre brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a shared vision to help define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future. The 5GIC will drive the delivery of a mobile communications and wireless connectivity capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy. Find out more about our members and partners.

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 offers the researchers and students practical experimental facilities in their study and advanced research.

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.

Find out more

What is 5G?

5G is the next generation mobile and wireless connectivity system. Key requirements are that it should offer far greater capacity and be more responsive to users’ needs, more energy-efficient and more cost-effective than anything that has gone before.

Centre and facilities

Situated on the University of Surrey’s Stag Hill campus in Guildford, the 5G Innovation Centre houses 170 researchers in a purpose-built building.

Strategic advisory board

The board is fundamental to the running of 5GIC, incorporating both advisory and governance roles.

National programme

The University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), the University of Bristol and King’s College London are partnering to develop and host the first 5G UK Hub.

Regional programme

Enterprise M3 Growth Fund provided £1.75m to fund equipment and staff costs for the original 5GIC testbed facility and to pave the way for engaging local business with the wider project.

5G and the National Physical Laboratory

The world-renowned National Physical Laboratory (NPL), a global centre of excellence in measurement and materials science, and the University of Surrey have worked closely together since 2006.