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5G research centre opens in Bangor University’s Science Park

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New 5G research facility, the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre launches in Bangor University’s Science Park.

Wales is set to pioneer research in 5G technology with a first of its kind research centre in the UK that has the potential to bring transformative economic benefits in an area of ground-breaking research.

This new 5G technology research centre, the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre of Excellence is located in Bangor University’s Menai Science Park. This research centre, which aims to increase broadband capacity will see professors and researchers from the university partnering with prominent players in the global digital space.

Project Lead, Professor Jianming Tang noted that the research that will be conducted aims to meet the challenges of 5G mobile networks. This will be achieved by seeking solutions to improve bandwidth provision, reducing latency and increasing connection density, thus making the networks more elastic and adaptive.

This initiative is backed by a £4m EU funding provided by the Welsh Government. It will look at ways to use existing fibre technology in the 5G network to improve capacity, flexibility, functionality, and overall performance.

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This development is set to propel Wales forward in technology research.

At the launch of the science centre, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters said: “This centre of excellence will contribute towards making Wales a global leader in 5G technology, putting the country at the very heart of innovation in this field.”

He also added that improvements in DSP can speed up networks, and dramatically improve the way mobiles and other devices work, including autonomous vehicles.

This global venture involves the signing of collaboration agreements with global players in the digital economy such as BT, Fujitsu and Huawei. It will also see the participation of leading Welsh companies such as TWI, FibreSpeed and Comtek.

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The launch of this centre is also a green initiative. In fact, the internet and communication industry is responsible for up to 4% of total global carbon emission. This number is set to increase unless significant changes are made to reduce the carbon footprint.

Consequently, the DSP centre’s work on expanding the capacity and wireless access technology could reduce network power consumption by 90%.

Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Impact of Bangor University, David Thomas, stated that the centre’s research would have a significant impact on technology application in the real world, “This exciting new development is another example of how the excellent research at Bangor University, in this instance, from the School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science is translating into real-world benefits, not only in improving the technology we will all be using in the future, but also in making a significant contribution to a greener future environment.”

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This revolutionary partnership will be the first of its kind in North Wales. Managing Director of the Menai Science Park, Pryderi ap Rhisiart weighed in on this significant shift, “Many of our tenants are developing technologies and products that are the first of their kind, are award winning, and working with international partners, and we firmly believe the talent is here.”

The 5G research centre will employ over 20 researchers for the duration of the EU funded project. It also intends to create over 100 jobs associated with the project over the next 10 years.