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£35m grant for 5G mobile broadband research

Wednesday, October 10th 2012
Research into 5G mobile technology is set to be conducted at the University of Surrey.
£35m grant for 5G mobile broadband research
The University of Surrey is set to conduct research into fifth-generation (5G) mobile broadband services after winning a £35 million grant.

Some £11.6 million of the cash will be supplied by the government, with the remainder coming from a group of mobile operators and infrastructure providers, including Huawei, Samsung and Telefonica Europe - the parent company of O2.

This money will be spent on the development of a 5G Innovation Centre designed to deliver a boost to research in the UK's telecommunications sector and encourage the provision of mobile broadband services.

News of the grant comes just weeks before the introduction of Everything Everywhere's pioneering 4G networks in the UK. The service is set to launch on October 30th 2012 and will be extended to 16 cities across the country by the end of the year.

Sir Christopher Snowden, president and vice chancellor of the university, said: "The new 5G centre of the calibre set out in our bid will enable the UK to lead this rapidly expanding segment of the global digital economy."

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