The money has been invested by mobile operators, infrastructure providers and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. The University has said the money will be used to create a 5G Innovation Centre.
The new 5G Centre will provide a unique facility which will attract international telecoms giants to conduct research and development on new 5G standards in the UK.
Prof Rahim Tafazolli, professor of mobile wireless communications and the director of Surrey University’s Centre for Communications Systems Research, said: “The boundaries between mobile communication and the internet are blurring, so the fifth generation is internet on the move
“4G for us is old hat. We started working on 4G 10 years ago.
“Statistics showed mobile data traffic is soaring. It looks like every year the traffic is doubling. Unfortunately capacity is not. We need to come up with technology, within the limited radio spectrum that we have, to accommodate this huge surge
“5G would be in place by the year 2020. What we have is good for the next 10 years but we need to be progressive, we can’t be complacent, the area is extremely dynamic.”
The release of 4G recently has meant that mobile games can be bigger, holding more content with no worry of the download speed being affected. The news of 5G being developed solidifies mobiles as a viable gaming platform for many years to come.