Our Centre is now the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications.

Our 5G vision

The vision sets an ambition to enable a world where everything is provided wirelessly to the end device by a fixed and mobile (converged) infrastructure that functions across the whole geography.

The 5G vision includes:

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Dense urban centres with capacity challenges
  • Sparse rural locations where coverage is the main challenge
  • Places with existing infrastructure, and areas where there is none

A leading idea is that the 5G infrastructure should be far more demand/user/device centric with the agility to marshal network/spectrum resources to deliver "always sufficient" data rate and low latency to give the users the perception of infinite capacity. This offers a route to much higher-performing networks and a far more predictable quality of experience that is essential for an infrastructure that is to support an expanding digital economy and connected society.

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.

The need for the 5G network is being driven by the ever-increasing demand for mobile data and the emergence of the internet of things, through which billions of devices will become connected. In the future, technologies such as smart cities, non-intrusive healthcare and advanced logistics will require much shorter network response times to enable very rapid reactions. At the same time there is a pressing need to reduce end user costs (to ensure applications are widely accessible) and to minimise energy consumption.

To meet these requirements, a range of tactics need to be employed including:

  • More accurately predicting user demand so that applications perform bandwidth-heavy tasks
  • Making better use of all available wireless networks for ultra-high reliability.

Ultimately, the 5G network will need to be flexible enough to evolve, adapt and grow for as yet unforeseeable applications – just as the internet has.

What we do

We bring 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. We will drive the delivery of a mobile communications and wireless connectivity capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy.

We draw on Surrey’s internationally leading work and knowledge in mobile communications, internet of things, satellite communications and broadcasting, connected cars and future internet. Take a look through white papers we've extracted from all around the world from leading organisations and industrial companies who we think are likely to have the most impact in shaping the direction of 5G.


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, internet of things and connected cars offers the researchers and students practical experimental facilities in their study and advanced research.

We have a funding of £12 million from 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.

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5G Innovation Centre
University of Surrey