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UK’s £110 million telecom R&D package to develop 5G and 6G networks

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, UK, announces its telecom R&D package of £110 million, where the top three Universities: the University of York, the University of Bristol, and the University of Surrey, will receive a funding of £28 million for collaborating with major telecom companies like Nokia, Samsung, and Ericsson to design and build 5G, and 6G networks. 

As per the package, £80 million fund will be set up for the state-of-the-art UK Telecoms Labs to test network equipment. The UK government will also join forces with South Korea to mitigate power efficiency challenges in the new networks.

The universities will work with world-leading industry experts and UK academics to ensure future technology like 6G that can promote more diverse and innovative telecom markets and end the present network setups. 

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The UK government’s new R&D partnership with South Korea will encourage the development of Open RAN and associated technologies. The project for the same will receive more than £3 million, highlighting the power of emerging technologies equipment.

The Digital Secretary of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport stated that the technology in phones and internet networks is evolving rapidly with 6G. The UK government will see top UK universities develop and improve the present networks, check the security of the latest telecom tech, and ensure the plan for a more diverse and innovative 5G and 6G network market that can sustain the future. The package will also enhance the telecoms supply chains so that the UK government will no longer rely on specific companies to develop and maintain 5G networks.

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Manjiri Gaikwad
Manjiri Gaikwad
Manjiri is a computer science graduate from Cummins college of engineering, Pune. She is a simple calm and composed person, who loves to write.


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