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Bristol to collaborate with India on country's first 5G Testbed

Left - right: Professor Mark Beach (Professor of Radio Systems Engineering), Mr Soundarakumar Masilamani, Director & C-DOT Board Member, Mr Vipin Tyagi, Executive Director & Chairman of C-DOT Board, Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the Smart Internet Lab, Dr Hamid Falaki, Technical Project Manager, 5GUK Testbeds and Trials Programme.

22 June 2018

The University’s Smart Internet Lab has entered into a strategic relationship with C-DOT (the Centre for Development of Telematics), an autonomous Telecom research and development centre supported by the Indian Government. The MoU was signed on the 20th June in the presence of senior members of Department of Telecommunications and Indian Minister Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications.

Mr Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, said: “The Government of India is fully committed to ensuring that we march in step with the world, and be among the leaders to accelerate the exploration, adoption, and full-scale deployment of 5G technology for the benefit of our citizens. The signing of these agreements with premier academic institutions in the United Kingdom is an important milestone for us. We expect this strong partnership to produce accelerated outcomes that benefit both our great countries.”

On 22nd June the delegation of C-DOT officials concluded their UK trip with a visit to the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol. In India, preparations are already underway to build a 5G Testbed, comparable to the one already located in Bristol’s Millennium Square. As digital architects of the Bristol 5G Testbed and having hosted the world’s first public 5G showcase, The Smart Internet Lab is ideally positioned to assist in this process.‌

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Further information

About the Smart Internet Lab 

The Smart Internet Lab builds on strategic and applied research on key communications and digital technologies at the University of Bristol to create, and permanently support, a hub for Internet Research with long lasting benefits for society and economy.

About the Communication Systems & Networks Group 

The CSN Group was formed in 1985 to address the research demands of the fixed and wireless communications sectors.  It combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. Recently the Group has joined forces with the University's High Performance Networks (HPN) Group and the Photonics Research Group to form the Smart Internet Lab. Postgraduate students from the University of Bristol are funded by and trained through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications.

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