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Published: 06 September 2018

5GIC welcomes founding member Telefonica

A visit by Telefonica to the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) on 22 August was a chance for the institution to demonstrate the endless possibilities 5G offers to transform our homes and cities.

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The 5GIC was delighted to welcome members of the Executive Board from Telefonica. As one of four ‘platinum’ founding members of the 5GIC, Telefonica works closely with the Centre on a local, national and international basis, playing a vital role in shaping the global 5G standard.

During the visit, guests were given the opportunity to witness 5G network technology in action through a series of demonstrations and visualisations. Researchers from the University demonstrated 5G use cases for mobile broadband, quality-of-experience in video streaming and industry 4.0 with ultra-high reliability and low latency.

They also gained an insight into the implications of 5G on cities and local government, the part it will play in Smart Cities and Connected Autonomous Vehicles, and the benefits it will deliver for industry, the economy, and society as a whole. Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director and Founder of the 5GIC, who hosted the visit, spoke on ‘What 5G means for UK Plc’.

Professor Tafazolli said: “We were delighted to welcome our partner Telefonica and show them, at first hand, what we are achieving in the 5GIC. As the largest open innovation centre for 5G technology and a highly successful hub for business and investment, we are privileged to work with Telefonica and our other partners to help propel the UK as leader in the global 5G race.”

Brendan O’Rourke, Chief Information Officer at Telefonica UK, said: "The Musiconnect demonstration highlighted the importance of 5G's low latency capability in a distributed live music environment and the band really brought this to life in a very entertaining and practical manner."