5G Diversification Projects


  • Started on 13 Dec 2022

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Total project funding amount - £12M

Locations - Surrey


  • 5/6GIC The University of Surrey
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWTG
  • BAE Systems (BAE)
  • British Telecom (BT)
  • Ericsson
  • InterDigital Europe (IDE)
  • Mavenir
  • Nokia
  • OneWeb (OW)
  • Tactical Wireless
  • Toshiba
  • Viavi Solutions
  • VirginMedia O2 (VMO2)
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Satellite Catapult (SatApps)
  • Imperial College London (IC)
  • King’s College London (KCL)
  • Lancaster University (LU)
  • Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)
  • Strathclyde University (SU)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Glasgow (UoG)
  • AMD
  • Qualcomm

Project summary

TUDOR (Towards Ubiquitous 3D Open Resilient Network) is an ambitious research project aiming to solve many societal, environmental and economic grand challenges such as the digital divide and energy efficiency by advanced technology innovations in open telecommunications systems, and to massively contribute to the UK strategy of diversification of the telecom vendors ecosystem. 

Extending the UK Government’s Open-RAN principles, TUDOR will research and develop open network components and their seamless interoperability in the wider RAN, core, and transport network environment and service platforms, applying them across heterogeneous networks in 5G and beyond. This will include terrestrial, airborne (e.g. high-altitude platform systems – HAPS) and satellite networks, which we call 3D Open Network.The plan is also to contribute to future standards (5G, 5GAdvanced and 6G), generate essential IPs and contribute to skills enhancements.

The TUDOR solutions will be tested and demonstrated showcasing both technical capabilities and interoperability.

The TUDOR consortium, led by the University of Surrey’s 5G/6GIC, brings together world-leading researchers from UK universities, innovative equipment vendors, major network operators and network/software and system integrators from both space and terrestrial sectors. All have extensive experience in delivering collaborative research in advanced wireless and networking technologies.

Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, 5G/6GIC and ICS Director at the University of Surrey, said “We would like to thank DCMS for launching this programme of research and innovation into Future Open Networks. We are looking forward to working with our strong national and international TUDOR team and making further positive impacts beyond those which we made in the award-winning 5GIC, for the good of society, the environment and the UK economy.”

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