The 5G Innovation Centre has begun installing its mobile testbed

By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas 24 September 2015

5g testbed

A state-of-the-art 5G testbed is currently being installed at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre.

The development of 5G could soon be kicked up a notch in the UK, as the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey is in the process of installing its 5G testbed. The planned rollout of the testbed across the campus can be seen above ( the mast/antennae are shown as blue dots ).

The new Institute of Communications building – home of the 5G Innovation Centre – is now complete, so the testbed is all that’s left to get set up.

Installation is already taking place and will see a network of three masts and 45 antennae installed, to create a small, self-contained mobile network, giving its researchers access to a fully-functioning 4G mobile network, which over the coming months will be upgraded to a proper 5G one as the Centre develops and fine-tunes future mobile applications and technologies.

Launching a new mobile network, even a small scale one, has its share of issues, not least of which being that it could interfere with existing mobile and Wi-Fi networks. But the 5G Innovation Centre has avoided this by using lower power levels than are traditionally used by mobile and Wi-Fi networks.

The facility will also help students benefit from access to resources on 5G and the Internet of Things and should help attract businesses to the University, hopefully enabling the Centre to turn its research into real world applications.

The 5G Innovation Centre has big plans and ambitions, with visions of a consistent and reliable 5G network across the UK and the world, and once the testbed is up and running it will be able to fully get to work on realising those ideals with the help of its numerous industry partners, including EE, Vodafone, BT, Huawei, Fujitsu and others.

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Kevin Thomas has worked in the world of Telecom reporting for over 17 years. He reviewed the first 3G phone way back in 2003, reviewed the first 4G phone in 2012 and now he's keen to welcome in the first 5G phone too. Kevin previously worked for over 15 years within the Telecom industry including: AT&T in Europe, BT in the UK and Phillips in the Netherlands. He holds a HND in Telecommunications.

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