Published: 20 October 2016

Surrey partners with South Korea on 5G technology

A prestigious partnership has been officially launched between the University’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) and the South Korean Government’s Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion (IITP).

The 5GIC, the UK’s largest academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications, will collaborate with the IITP in delivering 5G technologies, including showcasing  its work at the Winter Olympics in 2018, hosted by South Korea.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, 5GIC Director, said:  “This announcement demonstrates the power of force that a collaboration between 5GIC’s leading academic expertise and the South Korean Government can bring for generations to come in the future.”

Dr Sang Hong Lee, the President of the IITP, said: “The IITP hopes this Memorandum of Understanding on 5G technologies will represent a significant opportunity. It offers us a foothold to be a competitive nation in the global mobile communications market through joint development, mutual evaluation and standardisation cooperation.”

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.  At the heart of the 5GIC is the world’s leading independent testbed for trialling emerging 5G ideas, which equips researchers with a fully-functioning advanced 4G network.  Over time, the 4G network will be upgraded to a fully-fledged 5G system, enabling the development and testing of 5G prototype technologies in a real-world situation.

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