We are actively seeking to work with national partners in developing large-scale use cases and trials of 5G technologies and services. In addition to global and national players in communications, we collaborate with other groups.

Who we work with

If you are interested in working with us then please email Samantha Hayward.

In addition to the core programme of research and development which is being progressed with major corporate partners, we connect with high-growth SMEs and start-ups within the wider region. The SME programme involves collaborations with a group of six LEPs known collectively as the Greater Thames Valley 6 (GTV6). These comprise of:

  • Enterprise M3 (The LEP 5G lead)
  • Coast2Capital
  • Buckinghamshire Thames Valley
  • Hertfordshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Thames Valley Berkshire.

The Enterprise M3 region is home to around 100,000 SMEs, in addition to global businesses. It is a location that offers success and opportunities for growth to newly created businesses, whilst acting as a key workforce artery to London’s economy. EM3’s Growth Fund investment is focused on delivering connections to our testbed that will be accessible to local businesses under quality controls designed to ensure effective and optimal use. Use of our facilities brings local business into contact with the mobile communications corporates who are founder members of our Centre.

The investment will:

  • Support the interactions and connections between and across businesses and universities to deliver local growth through the adoption of new knowledge and know-how
  • Drive local competitiveness by supporting an environment that enhances collaboration between large organisations and SMEs
  • Build the capacity of the EM3 area, to innovate and use innovation to improve productivity, help to lock in existing companies into the area and drive inward investment
  • Through all of these initiatives, contribute to a GVA increase, creating jobs and new businesses.

Outside of EM3, it should be noted that the extension project is an integral part of our Centre which will involve other UK areas that have higher education strengths in 5G mobile technologies.

Working with Surrey Business School

Many technology start-ups are driven by people of vision. However, in many cases they require support in non-technology issues in order to turn their vision into profitable businesses. The Surrey Business School is running an "Agile Innovation Programme" to address this. Their concept is of a "Business insight lab" and "Impact acceleration lab" as two parallel bridges helping SME address the business issues of taking an idea and making it "product ready" for the market.

The service the Business School offers SMEs is technology-neutral. Our Centre is technology-specific and routed in the telecoms market. The two centres are complementary and can be considered as two sides of a coin providing help and support to technology/application SMEs that engage with the University by either route.

Our University coordinates with other UK universities in the field of communication networks research under the auspices of the EPSRC through a programme known as "Commnet2". This is reinforced with specific cooperation arrangements with some individual universities.

Enquiries from researchers concerning this opportunity should be sent to Bernie Hunt.

The Institute for Communication Systems here at Surrey has been a successful partner in a number of EU collaborative research programmes in the general area of information and communications technology. We will collaborate with very large enterprises, other academic and research institutes and with SMEs from other EU member states.

If you are interested in exploring a partnership arrangement with a view to bidding into new EU projects please contact Professor Klaus Moessner.

We are open to proposals on international collaboration particularly where this could facilitate global standardisation. We are also willing to provide access to our 5G testbed for international partners, subject to the agreement of our members.

Enquiries about new international bilateral cooperation agreements should be sent to Professor Rahim Tafazolli, the Director of 5GIC.

Our Centre and Digital Catapult formed close connections even before each was officially launched. The Digital Catapult’s vision is to rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas from concept to commercialisation to create new products, services, jobs and value for the UK economy.

The Catapult’s focus is on data and metadata – on the data value chain, the ways in which people and organisations create, collect, transport and analyse data.

This approach is highly complementary to our primary focus on communications systems in addition to our own strong interest in big data and the internet of things. In addition the Digital Catapult and ourselves are collaborating with other organisations - other catapults, large businesses, universities and local enterprise partnerships - to support digital economy start-ups and small businesses.

The Digital Catapult is a member of our Centre and has seconded a full time member of their team to our Centre in the role of fellow.

We are actively seeking to work with national partners in developing large-scale use cases and trials of 5G technologies and services. If you are interested in collaborating with us please contact Professor Rahim Tafazoli, Director of 5GIC.

Our Centre, the University of Bristol and King’s College London are partnering to develop and host the first 5G UK Hub as envisaged in the 5G strategy for the UK1 policy paper, published on the 8 March 2017, in particular the section titled 'realising the potential of 5G: The Government’s 5G testbeds and trials programme'.

The 5G Hub will be integrated at the system level and connected across the three University sites. The 5G Hub will cover radio access technologies (5G RAT "New Radio"), 5G core network, advanced network management and 5G interconnectivity (also known as 5G Fabric). The integration of all these sub-systems make up the full end-to-end 5G system, which will be demonstrated in Q1 2018 and will be used to create the platform for the proposed 5G Hub Operation ready to connect to ‘External Testbeds’ by Q2 2018 for further UK wide expansion. The development and demonstration of working end-to-end 5G is non-trivial.

The 5G Hub operation will provide the UK with a unique national asset to enable the scaling and reach to execute a UK wide plan enabling innovation in 5G technologies / services, contribution to global standards and identification of new regulatory requirements. This newly formed national asset will be the foundation to create and support projects in multiple vertical segments such as connected cars and autonomous driving, Industry 4.0, Health and many others, addressing major socio-economic / productivity challenges.

An important part of the 5G Hub will be the testbed, which will develop innovative solutions for the operation and management of 5G networks with new levels of efficiency and resilience. This will enable trials of secure interoperable technology solutions and services, hardened against cyber-attack. In year one, internal test use cases will be used to validate the end-to-end 5G network, interfaces and capability in a controlled environment across the three University sites. The internal use cases will also be used to validate testbed external interfaces, thus preparing the testbed to connect to other external projects and testbeds from year two onwards (Q2 2018).

5GIC is actively seeking to work with national partners in developing large scale use cases and trials of 5G technologies and services. If you are interested in collaborating with 5GIC please contact Professor Rahim Tafazoli, Director 5GIC.

Enterprise M3 Growth Fund provided £1.75m to fund equipment and staff costs for the original 5GIC testbed facility and to pave the way for engaging local business with the wider project.

If you'd like to offer funding or find out more about how to do this then please email Samantha Hayward.

Our partners

We collaborate with businesses around the world.

The world-renowned National Physical Laboratory (NPL), a global centre of excellence in measurement and materials science, and the University of Surrey have worked closely together since 2006.

This relationship has been further strengthened by the announcement in 2014 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) of a formal strategic relationship between BEIS, NPL, us and the University of Strathclyde to create a national partnership which extends NPL’s reach even further across the UK.

Supplementing the broad relationship with Surrey, NPL also provides specific collaboration in 5G technologies, joining our Centre as a member in 2015, bringing technical expertise in a range of critical areas such as:

  • Accurate characterisation of ultra high speed electronic and optical communication equipment
  • Ultra-precision transfer of time standards
  • Satellite data validation
  • Antenna characterisation.

In addition to collaboration with us, NPL plays a wider role in 5G technologies, providing leadership of the EU Euramet Programme, MET5G. This project is developing the traceable metrology and standardisation to improve measurement uncertainties underpinning all aspects of 5G communications, including signals, devices, systems and test environments for emerging 5G technologies. This will give European industry a competitive advantage over global communications manufacturers in the development of solutions to 5G metrological problems.

The University of Surrey and NPL established the Nonlinear Microwave Measurements and Modelling Laboratories (n3m-labs) in 2016. Through n3m-labs, we are able to focus on major research areas that will underpin next-generation information and communications technology. This technology is necessary to establish an effective Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and other multi-sensor dependent applications, including Smart Cities. The facilities at n3m-labs will enable these areas to achieve their full potential in the years to come – i.e. during the realisation of what is becoming known as Industry 4.0.

The combination of NPL’s world class metrology expertise coupled with 5GIC’s unique 5G testbed facilities provides a very significant joint asset for UK businesses and future large scale 5G testbeds.

The University of Surrey and the South Korean Government form a memorandum of understanding partnership to work together on delivering cutting-edge 5G technology. The collaboration leverages world-class 5G research and innovation in providing the foundation for next generation digital technology.

A formal signing of the agreement took place in September 2016 the Cabinet Office in London.

Our Centre, which is the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications, will collaborate with the South Korean Government’s IITP in delivering 5G technologies.

Our Centre and Digital Greenwich, part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich announced in July 2016 a ground-breaking partnership that will deliver the technology that will underpin future smart cities.

The partnership leverages our world class research and innovation, and will provide the foundation for next generation digital technology, standards and services in a smart city context. We will provide the technological foundations on which Digital Greenwich can build testbeds and trials leading to commercial smart city solutions.

Digital Greenwich will host a 5G smart city incubator space for innovators and entrepreneurs to work on new technology that will link transport, mobility, logistics, energy, healthcare and education.

The partnership will leverage the facilities and expertise here and at Greenwich to deliver "smart" resource-efficient, low-carbon, healthy and liveable neighbourhoods within a city. The 5G standardised approach will provide the opportunity to scale solutions at wider city and national level.

Small enterprise technology partners

  • Blu Wireless Technology
  • Cardinality
  • CBNL
  • Epitomical
  • Estatom
  • Lime Microsystems
  • Paremus.

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We have had support from numerous businesses to help us further develop our 5G research. We also have strong relationships with a number of key global, national and regional players in communications.

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University of Surrey