Huawei and BT have announced a new 5-year initiative which aims to see the two companies establish a joint research and collaboration group at the University of Cambridge. This new team, intended to combine the brightest minds from two of the biggest global information, communication, and telecommunications (ICT) companies with one of the foremost academic institutions in the world, will further strengthen UK’s status as one of the world’s leading hubs for innovation.
Backed by up to £25 million in funding and contributions over the next 5 years, the research group is expected to focus on projects relating to photonics, digital and access network infrastructure and media technologies, alongside work aimed at enhancing the societal impact of communications technologies. The research project aims to bring together experts from BT Labs, the Huawei R&D Team, and academics from the University of Cambridge to explore new technologies which have the potential to unlock economic benefits for UK businesses and organizations, such as reducing the cost of network infrastructure and boosting operational performance.
The projects are also expected to focus on the critical role that new technologies can play in delivering positive impacts for the society, such as those aimed at reducing inequality, particularly for those groups excluded from digital transformation and using ICT technologies to improve resilience of communities to climate change.
Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding, the new group is expected to kick off research activity in the first half of 2018 with five to ten researchers from BT and Huawei working alongside their University collaborators.