Published: 25 April 2013

Surrey's £35m 5G vision takes shape

The University of Surrey unveils the design for its new £35m 5G Innovation Centre

The University of Surrey has revealed the architectural design of its new £35m centre for research into 5G mobile technology.

The 5G Innovation Centre, to be built on the University's campus in Guildford, will carry out world-leading research into higher-capacity lower-energy mobile-communication networks. Due to open in 2015, the Centre will house 130 researchers from the University and its industrial partners, as well as providing a base for 90 PhD students. It is estimated that 5G mobile networks will be available to the public from around 2021.

The new facility will be the UK's largest centre for research into mobile communications, and will turn the campus itself into a live laboratory when the Centre becomes the first place in the world to test 5G technology using lamp-posts as mobile-signal base stations.

The University raised funding for the project from a variety of sources, including the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and a range of corporate investors from the mobile-communications industry.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the 5G Innovation Centre, said: “It’s an exciting vision of what promises to be a very important centre, not only for the University but for the whole of the UK and beyond.

“The designs reflect our commitment to being at the very forefront of technology in a fast-moving and interconnected world.”

For more information, please visit the 5G Innovation Centre website.

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