The 5GIC is a research hub bringing together some of the world’s leading academic expertise in mobile communications.

The 5GIC team is part of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), which has been at the forefront of ICT research for more than 15 years. The team combines expertise in key technical areas with a collaborative, industry-focused approach.

Visiting staff


Visiting Professor and Chairman, 5GIC Strategy Advisory Board.

Professor David Hendon is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey and a part-time senior advisor at Ofcom, focusing on spectrum, international strategy and network resilience issues. He is independent chair of the 4G/TV Co-existence Oversight Board established by DCMS, a member of the Smart Meters Steering Group & Strategic Reference Group at DECC, and a non-executive director of ContinuumBridge Ltd and MAC Ltd.

Formerly a career civil servant, Professor Hendon was a director in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) from 2002 to 2011, where he was responsible for the Department’s business-facing activities and policy for the electronic communications and ICT sectors. Prior to his role with BIS, he held the roles of CEO of the Radiocommunications Agency, which managed UK radio spectrum before the establishment of Ofcom, and chairman of the board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

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Visiting Professor and Technical Secretary, 5GIC Strategy Advisory Board.

An engineer by profession, Professor Stephen Temple has spent 25 years in the Civil Service and 18 years in the private sector. While at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), he was instrumental in the digitalisation of Europe’s mobile and television networks, leading the UK in the highly successful GSM initiative, and writing the GSM Memorandum of Understanding. He also co-founded the DVB group (which was the driving force behind the UK adopting digital terrestrial TV) and chaired the Technical Assembly of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. He wrote the visionary ‘Phones on the Move’ DTI Consultation Document, which triggered the transformation of the mobile into a consumer product.

In the private sector, Professor Temple has held the positions of Director of Advanced Technologies at NTL (where he trialled the company’s first cable modem service) and later MD of the Networks Division. He then joined Vodafone’s Corporate Strategy group as Director of Strategic Projects, focusing on its broadband strategy.

Professor Temple sits on the Institution of Engineering and Technology Communications Policy Panel and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. He is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey.

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5G for the media

As the UK’s only research centre dedicated to 5G, the University of Surrey’s 5GIC is made up of researchers at the forefront of this field and can offer expert comment to the media across a range of 5G-related topics.

Our spokespeople

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), Professor Tafazolli is one of the world’s experts in mobile communication technology. He is editor of the book ‘Technologies for Wireless Future’ and was appointed as a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contribution to the field of wireless communications. He is also a board member of the UK Future Internet Strategy Group (UK-FISG).

Areas of expertise:

  • technical aspects of 5G research and technology
  • the University of Surrey’s 5GIC

Mr Keith Robson, Chief Operating Officer at 5GIC, Keith Robson specialises in promoting industrial collaboration within the Higher Education sector, focusing on areas such as spin-out and start-up formation, fund raising, IP management and business incubation. He has extensive industry experience having held Managing Director roles with ThermoElectron company Peek Traffic Systems and Beta Instrument, and formed a start-up company in automated vision inspection systems for factory quality control.

Areas of expertise:

  • wider benefits of 5G for the UK economy and society
  • 5G use cases and business impacts

To request an interview with one of our 5G experts, please contact us.

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5G Innovation Centre
University of Surrey