A 5G ‘national asset’ for the UK will be the main result of a three univeristy hub partnership with testing and trialing starting in 2018.
The UK government is making a £16m investment in a new 5G Hub partnership which will link the test beds of three leading UK universities: Bristol, Surrey and Kings College London. The programme will develop the first trials of end-to-end 5G by linking up the universities and their respective 5G specialities with a high performance network.
Bristol will deploy Smart City 5G capabilities, taking advantage of its extensive Smart City and Smart Campus test beds.
Bristol, which has made a name for itself in ‘smart city’ trials and research, is to showcase full 5G and fibre infrastructure convergence.
Bristol will also contribute to the key Software Defined Network technologies for end-to-end 5G service delivery. Public demonstrators will be the focus of delivery - targeting media, gaming and transport applications.
King’s College London:
is working on ultra-low latency 5G tactile internet developments with ‘Internet of Skills’ applications.
Through the King’s College London 5G Tactile Internet Lab, the university is also pioneering several important 5G co-design approaches with various industries, including smart cities, smart transport, performing arts and health.
The University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) will:
lead the project and develop 5G radio technologies and a fully virtualised mobile core network at 3.5GHz and 700 MHz frequency bands for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC).
The 5G Hub will use a federated model of working between the three Universities but will be ready for expansion to include other organisations from 2018 onwards.