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Southampton Varsity researchers to design gen next wireless systems for India

By Mamatha

London, July 7 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Southampton have been awarded a contract to design telecommunication networks across India. Professor Lajos Hanzo, Chair of Telecommunications at the University's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), and his team are working in a consortium with nine UK institutions and seven Indian Institutes of Technology to design the next generation of wireless systems across India.

"India has a huge rural population and our aim is to provide telecommunications for remote villages," says Professor Hanzo. "This is very challenging and there are theoretical and practical constraints but a huge need for this to support next generation healthcare and other services in India."

The project is referred to as the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC) of Excellence in Next Generation Networks Systems and Services and is being led overall by Professor Gerard Parr from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, and Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.

The IU-ATC is a five-year (two phases) initiative which is in its first phase and is funded collaboratively between the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Programme, the Indian Government Department of Science and Technology and the information and communications industry to the tune of over £10 million. The project initiative is focused on promotion of the Digital Economy which aims to support research and skilled people to effect early adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by a variety of user sectors.

The explosive growth in advanced telecommunication networks and multimedia services in the last decade has offered exciting opportunities across a wide range of sectors, including communications, education, entertainment, and health.

These opportunities have been successfully embraced within Europe and USA, and there is an increasing need to provide similar opportunities for the rapidly expanding economy of India. However, given India's special requirements, this cannot easily be achieved by transference of existing technical and engineering solutions, thus a fundamental rethink is required to adapt or develop novel solutions and provide for research, innovation and wealth creation opportunities between UK and India. This research project will address all these areas of intended developmental initiatives.

The project is also a virtual joint research initiative which will put in place a focused agenda to support collaborative PhD, Post Doctorate projects and joint research programs, and technology transfer between the UK and India. Further information about the institute partners as well as the project's objectives can be found at http://www.iu-atc.com. (ANI)

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