5GIC and Digital Greenwich form partnership to develop 5G smart city technology

​The University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) in Guildford and Digital Greenwich, part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, will use their facilities and expertise to deliver 5G technology for resource-efficient, low-carbon, healthy and livable neighborhoods within a smart city.

The 5GIC, which claims to be the largest European research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications, is working to create a network that can provide 99.999 per cent reliability and coverage, with the aim of connecting one million devices per square kilometre and more than 300 per cent more connectivity than can be provided with 4G. The 5GIC has already developed a technology that enables speeds of one terabit per second (Tbps) – more than a thousand times faster than the highest 4G speed – and filed more than 15 patents. This was revealed on its official opening, which took place in September 2015.

Digital Greenwich will host a 5G Smart City Incubator space for innovators and entrepreneurs to work on new technology that will link transport, mobility, logistics, energy, healthcare and education. This will be supported by 5GIC, which will provide the technological foundations on which Digital Greenwich can build test beds and trials leading to commercial smart city solutions. Work has already begun on applying 5G technology in connected health and cars.

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