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MYCOM OSI joins 5G Innovation Centre

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The University of Surrey’s growing reputation and influence within the burgeoning field of 5G research received another boost at Mobile World Congress where MYCOM OSI, the service assurance solutions vendor, announced it has joined the University’s 5G Innovation Centre project.

The project unites a consortium of industry players, including telcos BT, EE, Telefónica and Vodafone, as well as regulator Ofcom and other industry research groups. Together, the group will be conducting research into the development of technologies which enable 5G.

At present, the 5GIC is having the world’s first public, open 5G test bed constructed on the University of Surrey’s campus in the UK, with a £70 million investment being made into the facility. The head of the 5GIC, Professor Rahim Tafazolli is chuffed by the network monitoring perspective MYCOM OSI will bring to the research being undertaken by the project.

“The ability to be able to monitor the network and the services on an end-to-end basis is critical for evaluation and development of innovative 5G technologies,” he said.

MYCOM OSI’s CEO, Payam Taaghol, meanwhile identified IoT as one of the biggest considerations for any 5G research and development. “The 5G charter is about providing huge bandwidth, low latency and always-on reliability to feed not only the subscriber traffic explosion but also massive amounts of new M2M and IoT applications,” he said. “Service assurance will have a critical part to play because it has the job of managing the network tyo deliver quality, performance and availability.”

As predicted, 5G has dominated talk at Mobile World Congress this year, with a number of operators, vendors and associations alike vying to push forward in what is already developing into a fiercely competitive ecosystem. Initiatives such as the 5GIC appear to be helping the greater cause in developing an open environment for the development of 5G.

Telecoms.com’s coverage of Mobile World Congress 2015 is sponsored by NEC.

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