University of Surrey 5G

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University of Surrey 5G

University of Surrey 5G

About the 5G Innovation Centre

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey is now the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications.

What we do

The 5G Innovation Centre brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a shared vision to help define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future. The 5GIC will drive the delivery of a mobile communications and wireless connectivity capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow’s connected society and digital economy. Find out more about our members and partners.

Part of the University’s Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), which sits in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the 5GIC draws on Surrey’s internationally leading work and knowledge in mobile communications, Internet of Things (IoT), satellite communications and broadcasting, connected cars and future internet.


Research in the Centre is conducted in close collaboration with 5GIC’s members, who represent all aspects of the wireless communications and future internet domains, and include the major telecom service providers, infrastructure vendors, device and car manufacturers. The campus-wide testbed that consists of mobile broadband, IoT and connected cars offers the researchers and students practical experimental facilities in their study and advanced research.

The 5GIC is funded by £12 million from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and over £68 million co-investment from the Centre’s industry and regional partners, including the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Member network

We are proud to have established strong relationships with a number of key global, national and regional players in communications.

We are keen to extend our collaboration network still further as we define and develop the 5G framework. See more information about the benefits of becoming a 5GIC member and how to join us.

National and international collaborations

South Korean Government’s Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion (IITP)

The University of Surrey and the South Korean Government form a Memorandum of Understanding partnership to work together on delivering cutting-edge 5G technology.

The collaboration leverages world-class 5G research and innovation in providing the foundation for next generation digital technology.

A formal signing of the agreement took place in September 2016 the Cabinet Office in London.

The 5GIC, which is the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications, will collaborate with the South Korean Government’s IITP in delivering 5G technologies.

Digital Greenwich

The University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) and Digital Greenwich, part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich announced in July 2016 a ground-breaking partnership that will deliver the technology that will underpin future smart cities.

The partnership leverages world-class 5GIC research and innovation, and will provide the foundation for next generation digital technology, standards and services in a smart city context.

University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) will provide the technological foundations on which Digital Greenwich can build testbeds and trials leading to commercial smart city solutions.

Digital Greenwich will host a 5G Smart City Incubator space for innovators and entrepreneurs to work on new technology that will link transport, mobility, logistics, energy, healthcare and education.

The partnership will leverage the facilities and expertise at both the University of Surrey in Guildford and Greenwich to deliver “smart” resource-efficient, low-carbon, healthy and liveable neighbourhoods within a city. The 5G standardised approach will provide the opportunity to scale solutions at wider city and national level.

Small enterprise tech members

  • Absolute Validation
  • AccelerComm
  • AceAxis
  • Alloy
  • Beacontent
  • Blu Wireless Technology
  • BRtelecom
  • Cardinality
  • CBNL
  • CCS
  • Consult Hyperion
  • Countrywide Telecoms
  • Daly International (UK) Ltd
  • Diamond Microwave Devices
  • Electronic Media Services
  • Epitomical
  • Estatom
  • Flint Consulting
  • Gematech
  • Horsebridge Networks
  • Indigo Telecom Ltd
  • Iwireless
  • JQL Electronics
  • Lime Microsystems
  • LS telecom UK Ltd
  • Megron Tech Limited
  • MixUp Reality
  • Multiple Access Communications Limited
  • NextG-Com
  • Nextgenaccess
  • Paremus
  • Phoelex
  • Plasma Antennas
  • Plum Consulting
  • pureLiFi
  • Quortus
  • Real Wireless
  • RTTonline
  • Shields Environmental Ltd
  • Siroda
  • Spry Fox Networks
  • Swann Group Ltd
  • Tardis
  • Telerail Networks Ltd
  • Tencastle
  • Zeetta

Small enterprise apps members

This category of membership will be launched after our 5G testbed is both operational and adapted for ‘open-use’.