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UK researches 5G

October 9, 2012

Surrey University has received £35 million (€43m) from mobile operators, infrastructure providers and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund to fund research into 5G.

The money would be used to create a 5G Innovation Centre, said the university.

Prof Rahim Tafozolli told the BBC: “The boundaries between mobile communication and the Internet are blurring, so the fifth generation is internet on the move.” The professor of mobile wireless communications and the director of Surrey University’s Centre for Communications Systems Research, said: “4G for us is old hat. We started working on 4G 10 years ago.”

“It looks like every year the traffic is doubling. Unfortunately capacity is not doubling every year. We need to come up with technology, within the limited radio spectrum that we have, to accommodate this huge surge.”

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