New 5G research centre to make Wales a pioneer of global tech

The centre was officially launched at M-SParc at Bangor University on 23 January

A new research centre dedicated to the development of 5G launched last week at M-SParc, the innovative science park at Bangor University.

Destined to put Wales on the map as a leader of technology, the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre hopes to support impactful research that will change how the internet works. Professors and researchers from Bangor University are aiming to speed up broadband and enable true 5G. With partners like Huawei and BT supporting the project, their work could be world changing.

The centre will also pursue specialised research into digital communications systems like mobile phones, WiFi hubs and manufacturing lines. Driven by £4m of EU funding from the Welsh government, researchers will explore ways to boost capacity, flexibility, functionality and services.

The DSP Centre will employ more than 20 researchers, while collaboration agreements will be signed by global juggernauts in the digital realm, including BT and Fujitsu, as well as leading Welsh companies such as TWI, FibreSpeed and Comtek.

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“This Centre of Excellence will contribute towards making Wales a global leader in 5G technology, putting the country at the very heart of innovation in this field,” said Lee Waters AM, deputy minister for economy and transport. “Improvements in DSP can speed up networks, and dramatically improve the way mobiles and other devices work, including autonomous vehicles.

“It’s great to see this world class research taking place here on Anglesey, backed by EU funding contributing to our goals of a more prosperous and equal Wales.”

David Thomas, pro vice chancellor of research and impact at Bangor University, who opened the launch event on Thursday last week, said: “This exciting new development is another example of how the excellent research at Bangor University, in this instance, from the School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science is translating into real-world benefits, not only in improving the technology we will all be using in the future, but also in making a significant contribution to a greener future environment.”

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