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Support for start-ups developing technologies for next generation mobile

2015 has been an exciting year for the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), with the publication of a number of important patents on ground breaking 5G technologies. 

We expect 5G to be available in Britain by 2020 and this next generation mobile communication network will be fundamental to the way organisations across almost every sector do business, develop products and engage with their customers.

Here at the 5GIC, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a broad range of business partners. We want to work in partnership with industry to define research direction and bring together key development teams to ensure that the 5G network meets the evolving needs of consumers and organisations.

Engaging with the 5GIC will put you at the heart of the next generation of mobile communications, enabling you can stay up-to-date with the latest research and developments in 5G, share ideas, and influence the direction we take with our research.

We strongly believe that start-up technology companies are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy. As part of our ongoing strategy, we therefore want to do as much as we can to reach out to this community and enable them to benefit from the expertise and facilities here at our Centre.

Whilst we don’t have all the answers for the future Digital Economy, we do have research expertise and demonstration facilities that are flexible, innovative and exploratory for start-ups keen on finding new products, services and solutions.  For this we offer an introductory annual membership fee for start-ups of £100 per year. 

We envisage two different groups of members:

1.    Companies in the business of new Digital Mobile applications. They may not be specific to 5G but may benefit from showcasing over an advanced 5G platform that we hope to have upgraded to 5G by 2017/18. We’ve termed this membership as SME (applications).

2.    Start-ups that want to contribute pieces of technology or know-how to the broadband wireless platform itself. The 5GIC offers access to advanced equipment at favourable rates and/or willingness to plumb in their pieces of technology or know-how into our test bed for development or demonstrator purposes. We’ve termed this membership as SME (technology).

Our plan is to open up early dialogue with prospective members to shape up a membership proposition that hopefully will deliver incredibly good value for them but in a way that allows us to maintain our focus on our core function of long-term research.

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