Huawei partners with University of Surrey consortium on 5G Innovation Centre opening

15 September 2015

[London, UK, 15 September 2015] Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today celebrated with the University of Surrey and industry partners the official grand opening of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at Surrey University’s campus in Guildford.  

At the opening ceremony of the 5GIC, Huawei streamed Ultra-High-Definition (Ultra-HD 4K) video and a range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications over a 5G air interface on the test bed it has helped install on the University’s campus.

Developed in partnership with Huawei and the 5GIC, the Ultra-HD (4K) video was streamed to a mobile device over an enhanced outdoor mobile network – the test bed – which is a significant first step in delivering the expected capacity of 5G. In this test, a new 5G radio network architecture called Radio Computing Architecture (RCA) has been applied, with which the same resource pool can be sliced to accommodate different 5G applications, including self-driving vehicles, remote healthcare, smart city services and Ultra-HD video streaming, an innovative 5G radio access architecture to enable end-to-end “Network Slicing”.

Dr. Tong Wen, IEEE fellow, Huawei wireless CTO and 5G principal scientist said: “Huawei is very pleased to be working as part of the team at the 5GIC. We are committed to researching and developing future technologies that help build better connected societies, businesses and economies, and ensuring 5G is a success is essential in achieving this. Globally we will work closely with research institutions, operators and small enterprises, to turn the 5G dream into reality. The 5GIC will play an important role in this by helping us start testing foundational 5G technologies as early as possible.”

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the 5G Innovation Centre, said: “We highly appreciate Huawei’s effort in supporting the 5GIC with the 5G test bed of a real-world setting. 5G will be achieved through global collaboration so that everyone benefits from working to a single standard. The opening of the centre today marks an important step in allowing our partners, other universities and the industry to test out new applications and technologies on the 5G test bed, before they are brought to market.”

Another technology demonstration focused on the requirement for 5G to provide the necessary “backbone” to connect the billions of devices which will form the future Internet of Things. At least 300 percent more uplink IoT devices can be connected with the same bandwidth compared to 4G/LTE, as shown in the field test of Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA). SCMA is a new type of multiple access technology, which can be integrated with F-OFDM (filtered-OFDM), Massive MIMO (Massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output Antenna Technologies) and other 5G foundational technologies.

5G Innovation Centre Test Bed

The state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), housing over 170 researchers and attracting over £70 million of investment, is one of the world’s largest academic research centres dedicated to next generation mobile and wireless connectivity. As one of the founding members of the 5GIC, Huawei has actively participated in the building of the 5GIC test bed, providing expertise and a full set of network test equipment for the large scale radio access trial. The 5G test bed, located on the campus of the University in Guildford, covers an area of four square kilometers.


5G will deliver unprecedented data speeds, promising mobile broadband ranging between 1 gigabit and 10 gigabits per second. It will transform wireless communication, allowing a myriad of applications in machine to machine communication in areas such as healthcare, transport, vehicle telematics, the development of smart cities and entertainment. Overall, Huawei is investing £5m into the 5GIC, part of the $600m the company is committing to 5G research and innovation globally between 2014 and 2018.

About 5GIC

The 5GIC is the world's first dedicated 5G Centre and an international hub for telecommunication research and innovation with unique large scale 5G experimental facilities and specialised laboratories for end to end network testing. The consortium, which includes: Cobham Wireless, TEOCO (AIRCOM International), BBC, BT, EE, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Huawei, Ofcom, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, Telefonica/O2, Vodafone, Imagination Technologies, Ascom International, Roke Manor, MYCOM-OSI, Anite, 3UK, McLaren Applied Technologies, Connected Digital Catapult, ITRI, EM3, has pledged time, expertise and other contributions which together total more than £70 million. This includes the £11.6m that was awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) under the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). The Centre collaborates with key ICT service providers, network and device manufacturers and test equipment solution providers to develop innovative solutions and standards for 5G networks and generate significant downstream benefits for both our partners and the wider economy and community.

About the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 110 companies employing 2,750 staff. The University of Surrey was recently ranked 4th in The Guardian league table of UK universities for 2016.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Huawei’s 170 000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population.

Huawei currently has over 9 900 staff based in Europe, of whom 1200 are working in R&D. We run 18 R&D sites located in eight European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and operate numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners.

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