5G University Research Centre gets 35m Funding
The UK has only just been introduced to the 4G LTE Network with the Everything Everywhere service scheduled to go live this month with the remaining 4G ready spectrum being auctioned off by May of next year. However, research into a 5G network has already been afforded a sizeable £35m research grant, of which £11.6 will be funded by the taxpayer.
The government has joined forces with technology giants Samsung, Telefonica (who own O2 in the UK) and Huawei (a leading Chinese manufacturer) in the hope that the research will bring together global industry leaders and “provide real-time experimental facilities to underpin the development of new mobile broadband internet products and services”.
Prof Rahim Tafazolli, the director of Surrey University’s Centre for Communication Systems Research announced that the fifth generation will successfully bridge the blurring boundaries between mobile communication and the internet. Existing research shows a significant surge in mobile data traffic over recent years and the 5G spectrum capacity will aim to accommodate such volumes of data whilst delivering speeds of up to 10Gbps compared to speeds of just 1Gbps with 4G.
Given that the UK is only now being introduced to the 4G network despite it having been well established within North America since 2010, it is expected that the UK will be first in the queue when the new 5G network is in place by 2020.