5G Innovation Centre

Works at the University of Surrey 5G IC
Guildford, Surrey
Mar 2015
Jul 2015

VGC Construction is providing bases and cable routes for the ground-breaking 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.

Due to open in autumn 2015, the new £70 million facility on the University’s Stag Hill campus will be home to over 150 researchers and 100 PhD students.

AWTG contracted VGC to provide the fibre optic cabling infrastructure to connect the pico, macro and aggregation points back to the 5G Innovation Centre building. VGC’s contract provides a network of 5G mobile pico cell masts mounted on poles and on roofs and sides of University of Surrey buildings. They will enable testing of the various 5G systems under real world conditions.

5G will deliver unprecedented data speeds, promising mobile broadband ranging between 1 gigabit and 10 gigabits per second. The 5GIC is the world’s first dedicated 5G centre and an international hub for telecommunication research and innovation. It will have unique large scale 5G experimental facilities and specialised laboratories for end-to-end network testing. It aims to become the world’s premier 5G research centre.

Upon completion, the test bed is expected to deliver a live 5G infrastructure network covering the whole of the University of Surrey campus. It will provide nearly 17,000 students and staff with the latest communications technology. The plan is to demonstrate 5G technologies before 2018.

There is more information about 5G in our news release about the project.