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£500m tech funding welcomed by Surrey 5G Innovation Centre

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£500m tech funding welcomed by Surrey 5G Innovation Centre

Published at 6:00am 25th November 2017.

£500m to support future technology has been welcomed by Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre.

During Wednesday's Autumn Budget Chancellor Phillip Hammond promised the cash to support 5G mobile networks, fibre broadband and artificial intelligence.

The Runnymede and Weybridge MP also announced that £540m will also be invested in the support of growth of electric cars, including more charging point.

A further £2.3bn has been allocated for investment in research and development.

But what is 5G and how will we benefit from it?

According to the 5G Innovation Centre based at the University of Surrey, the technology is the next generation mobile and wireless connectivity system. 

It should offer far greater capacity and be more responsive to users’ needs, more energy-efficient and more cost-effective than anything that has gone before.

 

Professor Rahim Tafazolli is Director and founder of the 5G Innovation Centre and told Eagle how the technology may impact us in the future: "5G is very different from 4G systems in the sense that it will not be just pure mobile broadband communication as it was with 4G and 3G.

"Future factories will be operated by wireless robots using 5G technology, future hospitals will be smarter, future homes too.

"The way that people work and cooperate with each other will use 5G technology.

"Everything with 5G is moving so fast. 5G will be in market as soon as 2019."

5G

The 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey

Despite this, Professor Rafazolli said there is still a lot of work to do.

"Even though the first set of equipment and service will be available in 2019, in order to make 5G more intelligent for the automation side, for enabling and modernising different industries, a huge amount of work needs to be done.

"I think research will carry on for at least ten years in this area in order to have the fully complimented, fully fledged vision that we originally had in 2012.

"Obviously broadband access is important, but other aspects of 5G will affect the economy, the society, the way we work and our productivity.

"The main theme of the government is enhancing the productivity level and 5G is an important technology to help that productivity level across different industries."

 

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