UKTIN sets up 5G R&D special interest groups, looks for chairs

UKTIN sets up 5G R&D special interest groups, looks for chairs

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By Nick Flaherty

The UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) is setting up eight Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to boost the development of the UK 5G supply chain.

UKTIN is the successor to the UK5G group and is managed by the University of Bristol, the Digital Catapult and WM5G group at the University of Warwick in the West Midlands.

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Each of the SIGs will have around 10 members from industry and academia to focus on a specific technology area, from materials and Open RAN to AI and security.

  • The Artificial Intelligence SIG is led by University of Bristol and will explore the broad ranging applications to AI techniques to specific areas of telecoms, and provide advice to all of the UKTIN working groups. For example AI has already been used to reduce the power consumption of 5G links.
  • The Security SIG, also led by University of Bristol, will focus on new algorithms and tools delivered by R&D projects
  • The Optical Communications & Photonics SIG led by the University of Bristol will explore the ways in which all-optical infrastructure will fuel increased performance capability.
  • The Wireless Networking Technologies SIG is led by Digital Catapult and will look at O-RAN and next generation IoT
  • The Core Networking Technologies SIG is also led by Digital Catapult for ‘softwarisation’ and ‘cloudificiation’, and the potentials of open networking, relevant APIs, protocols and processes
  • The Network Management SIG from the Digital Catapult will review management functions in telecoms systems, exploring how emerging trends and the interconnection of systems will lead to new management models
  • UKTIN is negotiating the leadership of the Materials and Components SIG to identify the main drivers and trends relating to materials and components used at a basic level in telecoms.  Materials will also be a key factor for 6G research.
  • The Non-Terrestrial Networking will explore a range of non-terrestrial network architectures and applications, including satellite systems and low to medium to high altitude fixed and mobile platforms. The organisation leading this group will be also announced soon.

UKTIN is also looking to appoint a Chair for each of the groups, with demonstrable expertise in the group’s focus area, and a proven track record of unbiased, neutral and collaborative approaches to enhancing the strengths of the UK telecoms ecosystem.



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