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Published: 10 March 2014

PM highlights Surrey’s leading role in 5G innovation

Prime Minister David Cameron praises Surrey’s leading role in the global 5G revolution.

Speaking at the opening of the CeBIT 2014 business and hi-tech trade fair in Hanover, Germany, Mr Cameron focused on the collaboration between the University of Surrey, Kings College London and the University of Dresden.

“Three world leading universities working on 5G hand-in-hand is something to be excited about,” said Mr Cameron.

The Prime Minister spoke about developing a network that could download an 800 megabyte movie in one second, rather than the 40 seconds using a 4G network today, and commented that the competition to reach 5G first was a major challenge.

“This is a prize researchers all over the world are going for,” he said.

The new 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey has gained £46m support from international telecommunications companies including Aeroflex, AIRCOM International, BBC, BT, EE, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Huawei, Ofcom, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, Telefonica and Vodafone.

The Centre will provide industry with a world-leading real-time experimental facility for testing and optimising advanced technologies, underpinning the development of the new mobile broadband internet products and services. This will give Surrey the opportunity to be a major influence in critical standardisation and radio regulatory bodies in the emerging 5G arena.

With preparatory building work underway, the 5G Innovation Centre is on track for completion in 2015, when it will become home to 150 researchers and 100 PhD students.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of Surrey’s Centre for Communications Systems (CCSR) within the Department for Electronic Engineering, said: “By bringing together leading academics with heavyweight industry partners, I believe we can develop the technologies required for the future.”