Scotland 5G Centre goes live

In the current climate we are more reliant than ever on digital technology and connectivity. Superfast fifth generation, or 5G, is offering users much faster data download and upload speeds with improved reliability compared to its 4G predecessor.

The Scotland 5G Centre, with the University of Glasgow as a founding partner, will bring together industry, the research community and Government to design, develop and deploy the communications infrastructure supporting Scotland’s role as a global leader in 5G.

Working in partnership

£5.3m of Scottish Government funding will help equip our Gilmorehill campus as an urban 5G testbed for the communication solutions required for sustainable, attractive and resilient cities. Related projects delivered by other founding partners will be in rural 5G (University of Strathclyde) and public infrastructure (Scottish Futures Trust). Future projects will focus on healthcare, transport, security, manufacturing and economic development.

The team at Glasgow is working closely with international partners for 5G related cutting-edge research as well as 5G testbeds. Our active collaborations span countries across the globe, including: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Iraq, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Lead academic from the University of Glasgow, Professor Muhammad Imran, explains: “The support of the new Centre will allow the University to accelerate its 5G research programme, developing the commercial applications of this emerging technology.”

Professor Chris Pearce, Vice Principal for Research and board member of the Scotland 5G Centre, added: “I’m delighted UofG is working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and Scottish Futures Trust to lead Scotland’s adoption of 5G and deliver the Scottish Government’s 5G strategy. 5G is a next-generation network technology which is faster, has the potential to revolutionise digital communications and create real social impact in Scotland – from public health to the environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring everyone has access to good quality connectivity and research here at the University is developing innovative applications for smart technologies for our campus and beyond.”

First published July 2020.