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Scottish University to Host UK’s First IEEE 5G Summit

Ross Kelly


FinTech Scotland Strathclyde Business

The University of Strathclyde will join esteemed company as it hosts the 2018 IEEE Summit which will see Scotland showcase its expertise in implementing new technologies in rural settings. 

This month will see the University of Strathclyde host the international IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) 5G summit – The first time this event has been held in the United Kingdom.

Expected to attract delegates from across the UK and Europe, the summit will showcase pioneering figures and innovative organisations from a broad range of sectors, including industry, academia and government. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, collaborate and exchange ideas around emerging 5G technologies.

A 5G Future

5G has the potential to revolutionise both society and industry, enabling the development of technology, services and applications for the next generation of wireless and mobile technologies. In an increasingly digital, fast-paced world, the need for faster speeds can be met by 5G technologies, as well as providing lower latency and response times and far wider coverage for consumers.

In addition to the increased efficiency that 5G will bring, it also has the potential to enable the continued development of autonomous vehicles, high-speed transport networks and drone-based aerial communications platforms.

At the Forefront of Change

As this year’s summit host, University of Strathclyde takes its place on a list of highly esteemed former institutions to have hosted the IEEE summit, including Princeton University – Where the inaugural summit was held in 2015.

Professor Robert Stewart from the University of Strathclyde said: “The first IEEE summit was held at Princeton University in the USA in 2015 and since then there have been a number successful summits all over the world, but this is the first in the UK and we are excited to be hosting it.”

Speaking to attendees will be esteemed keynote speakers from global institutions such as Cisco, Nokia and Qualcomm. Scottish enterprise will also have a strong presence at the summit, with talks from FarrPoint and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The event will also feature talks from Parallel Wireless, WHP Telecom, Vodafone and Ofcom.

Topics under discussion include the evolution of 5G standards, deployment and trials. Sessions will focus on precisely what this new technology can bring to both society and industry, as well as looking at its application in industries such as healthcare, IT and agriculture.

The roll out and use of 5G technology in rural areas will also feature heavily in discussion, as government and business increasingly look to improve connectivity in rural and remote areas both in Scotland and around the world.

Professor Stewart believes this summit will provide Scotland with a global platform to offer its first-hand experience in dealing with the challenges of implementing technological changes in rural settings.

He said: “Scotland has first hand experience of the particular geographic challenges faced in taking new technologies to rural areas and alongside a Plenary Session the event will feature two focused tracks, one on 5G IoT and one on 5G Rural, and considering not just the technology but also the new business models that might be needed.”  

The summit will be held at Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre on Glasgow’s George Street on Monday 14 May.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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