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Connected world wireless signals

We are delighted to announce that Durham University has partnered with Queen Mary University of London and UCL in a joint research project which aims to improve our mobile communications systems beyond 5G.

Working together to improve communications systems

Taking place across the three institutions; this ground-breaking piece of work, entitled ‘Transmission Channels Measurements and Communication System Design for Future mm Wave Communications’ (TRACCS), aims to build upon the current operating frequencies of the fifth-generation (5G) mobile radio network (> 30 GHz) and target higher frequencies within the spectrum as we move towards a 6G future.  

This research comes at a crucial time, as we look to satisfy the ever-increasing demands of the wireless systems on which we all depend, with the aim of drastically improving the speed and efficiency of our mobile systems. 

A connected approach

The team from Durham is headed up by Professor Sana Salous, who brings over 30 years of expertise in the design of wireless communications systems. The models she has developed are considered amongst the best in the world, used by regulators, industry and the United Nations through the International Telecommunications Union. 

Professor Yang Hao, the project partner at Queen Mary University of London said of the project: "I am extremely honoured to work with colleagues in Durham and UCL to develop future wireless communication technologies. Its impact would be far-reaching, and it would lead to a step change in the future wireless infrastructure of the UK and beyond." 

Izzat Darwazeh, director of Institute of communications in connected systems at UCL and PI of UCL’s work in TRACCS said: “We are very pleased to be part of this consortium, bringing two of the strongest world groups in areas of channel assessment and modelling in Durham and in Antenna design and new active intelligent surfaces for communications at QMUL. We believe this consortium is going to create new research directions that will strengthen the UK’s engineering contributions to pave the way for Ultra broadband communications which is key to 6G systems and beyond.” 

 The three teams also bring strong industrial support from all sectors and the project has already received the backing of partners including BT, Filtronic, NEC, QinetiQ, SinoWave, Thales Ltd, Plextek. 

Find out more

  • Explore the work of the Durham Centre for Communications Systems here
  • Find out more about the Information and communication work taking place at UCL here

  • To find out more about our research partners at QMUL click here

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