The rollout of 4G coverage (well 3.9G, technically) has only just begun in the UK, but that isn’t stopping scientists ay Surrey University from ploughing on with research for the next generation of 5G coverage. The university has been given a £35 million from mobile operators, infrastructure providers and and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.
The UK is behind other nations somewhat with regards to its 4G rollout, so starting 5G research as soon as possible sounds like a wise move. Prof Rahim Tazoli, professor of mobile wireless communications and the director of Surrey University’s Centre for Communications Systems Research expects 5G research to be in place by 2020:
“4G for us is old hat. We started working on 4G 10 years ago.”
“It looks like every year the traffic is doubling. Unfortunately capacity is not doubling every year. We need to come up with technology, within the limited radio spectrum that we have, to accommodate this huge surge.”
“The cost of electricity of running the networks is very high …We are facing systems which are too expensive. We need something extremely energy efficient and cost efficient.”
“What we have is good for the next 10 years. We need to be progressive, we can’t be complacent, the area is extremely dynamic.”
Via BBC News