QUB researchers win award for 5G network solution

  • A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast have won global recognition and an award at Mobile World Congress for new technology that could drastically reduce the cost and complexity of 5G systems.

    The 5G mobile internet system is due to roll out across the world throughout this year, but there are still significant technical hurdles around implementation in the next generation of mobile devices. A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast has been working on several of these problems, and has just won a major award for its work.

    Professor Dr Muhammar Ali Babar Abbasi presented his team's innovative RF front-end system that solves three major problems in 5G networks at the recent Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, where the project won the grand prize in the Mobile World Scholar Challenge. Abbasi accepted the award on behalf of his team, which also includes Professor Vince Fusco, Dr Michalis Matthaiou and Dr Harsh Tataria.

    The team's solution is expected to massively reduce the complexity and cost of mmWave MIMO RF front-ends in 5G mobile networks, and was able to achieve 1.4Gbps bandwidth per user in a controlled mobile test. The group is based out of The Centre for Wireless Innovation at Queen's University's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology.

    Dr Muhammar Ali Babar Abbasi said: "As a team, we are excited and delighted by this achievement. It is fantastic to get global recognition for our work, both among our peers in academia as well as the international mobile industry. We believe our research will reduce the cost of 5G infrastructure and it spurs us on to continue to ensure our research is among the best in the world and at the forefront of the mobile industry."

    Source: Written based on Queen's University Belfast Press Release

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