press release
Published: 26 September 2016

5G Innovation and South Korea – where east meets west

By Peter La

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

5G Innovation centre building
  • 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 recently at the Cabinet Office in London.

The 5GIC, 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.

The University of Surrey will be assisting in delivering the highest level of innovation.  Part of this work will include working together collaboratively with the South Korean IITP.  South Korea will be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2018 and the plan is to showcase advanced 5G technology at this international event. 

To mark the occasion, the Memorandum of Understanding was framed and presented to both parties at a formal signing ceremony.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, 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.”

Liam Maxwell, the Government National Technology Advisor, said: "We're delighted with this level of close co-operation between British and Korean specialists in 5G. We see 5G as a crucial component in delivering world-class connectivity to our businesses and consumers - it will ensure we continue to build the most connected economy in the western hemisphere."

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 test bed 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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