New 5G research centre opens at science park

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A new 5G research centre is being officially opened at Gaerwen’s Menai Science Park.

Over twenty researchers will be employed at the digital signal processing centre, aimed at changing how the internet works by enabling true 5G access and speeding up broadband services using existing fibre technology.

M-SParc say the facility, led by Bangor University staff, will make Wales a ”global leader” in the technology. The Welsh Government is backing the centre with £4 million of EU funding.

It will be officially opened on Thursday morning by the deputy economy minister, Lee Waters.

He said: ”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.”

The DSP centre is aiming to set up working partnerships with key global players such as BT, Fujitsu and Huawei, alongside major Welsh firms including TWI, FibreSpeed and Comtek.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, M-SParc managing director, said: ”This may not be the sort of technology people expect to see when they think of North West Wales, and that’s exactly why we established Menai Science Park.”

”Work like this, on the cutting edge, can and does happen here. Many of our tenants are developing technologies and products that are the first of their kind, are award winning, and working with international partners, and we firmly believe the talent is here.”

The centre, the first of its kind in the UK, is hoping to create a hundred jobs over the next ten years. By focusing on expanding capacity and wireless access, it could also help contribute to reducing carbon emissions through power consumption.

Professor Jianming Tang added: ”The research we will be conducting aims to meet the challenges of 5G mobile networks by seeking solutions to improve bandwidth provision, lower latency and increase connection density, and making the networks more elastic and adaptive.”

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