Train2Game News: University of Surrey starting development on 5G

University of Surrey received £35 million to set up development of the new mobile technology, 5G. This follows the recent launch of 4G.

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.

Train2Game News Will Everything Everywhere 4G change gaming?

Ofcom has approved an application by the mobile phone operator Everything Everywhere (EE) to use its existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver 4G services.1

Following a consultation, Ofcom has concluded that varying EE’s 1800 MHz licences now will deliver significant benefits to consumers, and that there is no material risk that those benefits will be outweighed by a distortion of competition.2 Delaying doing so would therefore be to the detriment of consumers.

The decision takes account of the forthcoming release of additional spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, in an auction process set to begin later this year, which will enable other operators to launch competing 4G services from next year.3

In parallel with this decision, Ofcom has now issued varied licences to EE which authorise LTE services from 11 September 2012. This means that EE can launch LTE services using its 1800 MHz spectrum at any point from that date, although the precise timing of any launch is a commercial decision for Everything Everywhere.

With no handsets available, early adopter prices likely to be HIGH will this help the gaming industry?