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£4m boost for 5G research in Wales

Wales is aiming to become a global leader in 5G technology with the creation of a new Digital Centre of Excellence, supported by nearly £4m in EU funds.

Providing highly specialised research into digital communication systems like mobile phones, Wi-Fi hubs and modern manufacturing lines, the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre of Excellence will be based at Bangor University.

The £4m Digital Centre of Excellence provides 5G research for digital communication systems, incl. those supporting modern manufacturing lines / Picture: Getty/iStock


Improvements in DSP are a cost-effective way of speeding up networks, dramatically improving the way that mobile phones, devices and network architecture work. The centre will look at ways to use existing fibre technology in the 5G network to improve capacity, flexibility, functionality and services.

In addition to the EU funding, Bangor University is contributing £1.67m to the project, with additional funding of just over £349,000 from private sector partners.

Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles, who is responsible for EU funding in Wales, said: “Fast, flexible, adaptable digital systems, tailored to the needs of the user, are essential in today’s time-sensitive culture, and are vital to our nation’s development as we continue to boost productivity in the Welsh economy.

“The DSP Centre of Excellence puts Wales at the very heart of innovation in this key economic sector, and positions Bangor University at the top of the ICT research industry. Collaboration between top academics from Wales and world-wide institutions, high profile international companies and Welsh and UK SMEs, will lead to ground-breaking, world class research, resulting in cutting-edge solutions to advance the global 5G economy.

“EU funding continues to drive progress in R&D, science, infrastructure and skills in Wales, as well as promoting economic growth and creating new jobs. We’ve been clear that we want this funding to continue, to enable Wales to carry on leading research into new technology systems capable of running on low power, and to progress towards a more equal, more prosperous, and greener Wales.”

Professor Iwan Davies, Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor, added: “This is a fine example of the excellent research conducted at our University. It illustrates how research conducted by academics of international standing feeds into innovation and contributes to economic and social impact in our wider world.

“In particular, the DSP Centre puts research innovation and collaboration at its heart. With academic, international and Welsh partners, the DSP Centre has the potential to promote the creation of a “DSP Economic Zone” along the A55 to bring transformative economic benefits to North Wales.”

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