Ascom Network Testing has announced that it has joined the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. The network company will work with other companies in researching 5G-related topics with Ascom’s equipment being used to develop the advanced technology.
Headquartered in Switzerland, Ascom has business activities in more than 140 countries, including leading mobile operators, major infrastructure suppliers, and service providers. The company’s TEMS solution is used for deploying, monitoring and assuring quality of service for mobile networks.
The 5GIC consortium already includes Aeroflex, AIRCOM International, BBC, BT, EE, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Huawei, Ofcom, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, Telefonica and Vodafone.
Working alongside the University, the innovative companies will carry out research into technologies for a future 5G network. The project will also include the development of a 5G “test bed” for a real-world scenario, based on the university campus.
‘Ascom has been a member of 3GPP and ITU for many years, and as such we’ve had the opportunity to be part of development efforts as the industry progresses,’ said Erik Tarnvik, CTO of Ascom Network Testing.
He said the company is eager to participate and learn first-hand the challenges of this increasingly complex technology through 5GIC, in order to ‘develop solutions to help the industry to address them’.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, head of the University of Surrey’s Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR), said: ‘By bringing together leading academics with heavy-weight industry partners we can develop the technologies that are required to provide much-needed capacity, drive economic growth and actively contribute to and shape the future 5G technology.’
One of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities, the University of Surrey has a world-class reputation for excellence in teaching and research.
He said the University was pleased to have Ascom join the group as it can ‘use its leading technology as an integrated part of its plans’.