5GIC teams with Digital Greenwich for smart city partnership


University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre will work with Greenwich to develop 5G standards for smart city use

The University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre has partnered with Digital Greenwich to develop 5G technology that will underpin future smart cities.

5GIc, whose members include the likes of EE, O2, Vodafone, Huawei, BT and Samsung, will provide the Royal Borough of Greenwich with technology needed to build a 5G testbed for smart city solutions.

As part of the agreement, Digital Greenwich, a scheme based within the London borough, will host a 5G Smart City Incubator where manufacturers and entrepreneurs can develop new technology.

Royal Borough of Greenwich leader Cllr Denise Hyland said: “I am delighted to welcome the 5G Innovation Centre to the Royal Borough of Greenwich as a highly respected partner and as a valuable catalyst to our comprehensive smart city strategy.

“I am confident that this engagement will help strengthen our economy and deliver the best possible services to Greenwich businesses and residents.”

The 5GIC was officially opened at the University of Surrey last year. It works with a number of major industry players to develop and test standards for 5G technology, which is expected to roll out in the UK by 2020.

It is the largest European research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile connectivity.

5GIC director Professor Rahim Tafazolli said: “Fundamental to next generation Smart City applications is the creation of a robust communications systems.

“Working with Digital Greenwich will enable the 5GIC to develop solutions targeted at multiple use cases in a city context. The partnership will also provide the foundation to drive standardised solutions for all of the UK to benefit from the technology.