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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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The project will research advanced technologies for a future 5G network. It will aim to establish a world-leading position in mobile broadband communications and internet innovations.

It will include the development of a 5G ‘test bed’, based on the university campus, on which to test technologies in a real-world environment.

Starting from state-of-the-art 4G, the centre will develop even more advanced technologies that place the user at the heart of the design process. By partnering leading academics with industry, it will aim to develop the technologies that are required to create the perception of ‘infinite capacity’, drive economic growth, and actively contribute to and shape the future 5G system.

‘5GIC’ has formal support from a significant number of the world's most notable mobile network operators, infrastructure and tools providers, media and communications organisations and the UK's communications regulator. Together they have pledged time, expertise and other contributions totalling more than £30 million.

Partners include: Aeroflex, AIRCOM International, BBC, BT, EE, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Huawei, Ofcom, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, Telefonica and Vodafone.

The project is planning a major new centre located on the Guildford campus that will be home to 150 researchers and around 100 PhD students. The centre, which will be built to high environmental standards, is expected to be completed by January 2015.  

Main contact

Name Professor Rahim Tafazolli

Head of the Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR)  

Tel 01483 689834

Page last updated 26 February 2015