Screw 4G, the UK's Already Working on 5G

By Gary Cutlack on at

While the UK is shamefully lagging many parts of the world in introducing a 4G service, we might just become the world leaders when it comes to future 5G networks, thanks to a £35m investment in developing the fifth-generation of mobile signals.

The money-raising process, which has been led by the University of Surrey, includes £11.6 million in government money backed by an extra £24m coming in from private sources, with Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica, Fujitsu and others injecting the money to create a world-leading development hub, eventually building a 5G Innovation Centre right here in the UK.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, from the University of Surrey's Centre for Communication Systems Research, said: "Mobile communications data traffic is expected to increase 1,000 fold by 2020, by which time there will be an estimated at least 50 billion Internet-capable devices."

"Although the UK played an active role in the creation of 2G (GSM) cellular standards, it has increasingly fallen behind in succeeding generations 3G and 4G standards. The University’s industry partners have identified this proposal as the single biggest opportunity for the UK to regain a world leading position in the development of 5G technologies and for the development of vibrant businesses around the technologies." [University of Surrey]

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