UK, South Korea Partner On Developing 5G Technology

The South Korean government is collaborating with a research center in the UK on delivering 5G mobile communications and wireless connectivity technology.

AsianScientist (Oct. 5, 2016) – A partnership has been officially launched between the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Center (5GIC) in the UK and the South Korean government’s Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion (IITP).

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see them collaborate on delivering cutting-edge 5G mobile technology. The signing ceremony took place recently at the Cabinet Office in London.

The 5GIC academic research center has been set up to drive the delivery of a mobile communications and wireless connectivity capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy. At the heart of the 5GIC is an independent test bed for trialing emerging 5G ideas, which equips researchers with a fully-functioning advanced 4G network. Over time, the 4G network will be upgraded to a fully-fledged 5G system, enabling the development and testing of 5G prototype technologies in a real world situation.

South Korea will be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2018, and the plan is to showcase advanced 5G technology at this international event.

Dr. Lee Sang Hong, who is the president of the IITP, said, “The IITP hopes this Memorandum of Understanding on 5G technologies will represent a significant opportunity. It offers us a foothold to be a competitive nation in the global mobile communications market through joint development, mutual evaluation and standardization cooperation.”


Source: University of Surrey.
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