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Published: 03 July 2018

Surrey signs MOU with Indian telecommunications research body to explore 5G

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at Surrey has signed a memorandum of understanding with C-DOT, a government-owned telecommunications research body in India, in order to facilitate meaningful exploration and early adoption of 5G technology.

Vice-Chancellor Max Lu at the signing ceremony
Vice-Chancellor Professor Max Lu (6th from right) at the signing ceremony.

Further memoranda of understanding were also signed between India and the University of Bristol and King’s College London. The signing ceremony on 21 June 2018 at India House on Aldwych, London, in the presence of India’s Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha and High Commissioner to the UK Y K Sinha.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Manoj Sinha said: "It is a win-win situation for both C-DOT and the three universities. The Government of India is fully committed to ensuring that we march in step with the world, and be among the leaders to accelerate the exploration, adoption, and full-scale deployment of 5G technology for the benefit of our citizens."

The focus will now be on setting up labs to explore new scenarios for 5G, promoting awareness and understanding of the technology, supporting the creation of 5G test beds, conducting field trials and developing solutions for an Indian context. Researchers in India and the UK will be able to share best practice, and C-DOT will benefit from King’s 5G skill set and testbed and trials experience.

In addition to drastically improving speeds for broadband users, 5G is expected to have a significant impact on areas such as transport, smart cities, health, manufacturing, railways, public safety and power.

Find out more about Surrey’s 5GIC.