In a sign of their ever-closer relationship BT and its main supplier Huawei are establishing a new research group at the UK’s University of Cambridge.
The five-year initiative, backed by £25 million (€28m) in Huawei funding, will see researchers from BT and Huawei working alongside academics from the university. Areas of focus will include photonics, as well as network infrastructure and media technologies.
Projects will also focus on the societal impact of communications technologies, including how they can reduce inequality and combat climate change.
BT Group CEO Gavin Patterson said: “We believe the best way of ensuring this country remains at the forefront of innovation is by combining the expertise and commercial focus of industry with the fantastic intellectual capital found at our world-leading universities.”
Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO at Huawei said: “Technology is changing the world faster than we have ever seen. It will bring many benefits to mankind, and affect nearly every aspect of our lives.