NPL (Coordinator)

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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology. For more than a century NPL has developed and maintained the nation’s primary measurement standards. These standards underpin an infrastructure of traceability throughout the UK and the world that ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement. NPL has maintained a teams of research scientists working on high frequency electrical waveforms, RF and optical communication related measurements and measurement techniques for over 30 years. NPL has a worldwide reputation for RF metrology from the late 1960’s.

The co-ordinator will be supported by the NPL project management office and group leader for the various administrative tasks for this project as defined in WP3. Together there is a plethora of experience available to ensure the success of the overall project. Also, as the SIP-Coordinator for this project, NPL has been the project coordinator in the EURAMET EMPIR MET5G project, and EURAMET EMRP MORSE project. The project experience and combined effort of the SIP coordinator and SIP partners, who have internationally leading reputations evidenced through publications, will provide science excellence and the impact dissemination to industry to achieve the underlying aims of the SIP.


The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey is the world’s first dedicated 5G Centre and an international hub for telecommunication research and innovation. The centre brings together academic experts from a very wide range of different disciplines who work seamlessly across the various layers of the network. The aim is to advance technology in this area and ensure that the U.K. remains at the forefront of developments in cellular technology. The 5GIC benefits from having unique large scale 5G experimental facilities and specialised laboratories for end-to-end network testing. The centre also collaborates with a number of industrial partners, including: ICT service providers, network/device manufacturers, and test equipment solution providers. In this way the 5GIC is able to develop innovative solutions and standards for 5G networks; thus generating significant downstream benefits for partners as well as the wider economy. The 5GIC is managed by staff in the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), thus building on 15 years of heritage as Europe’s largest academic research group in mobile communications technology.

Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is the world’s leading electronic test and measurement company, transforming today’s measurement experience through innovation in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and Defense and Semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company’s 12,600 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Keysight holds the #1 position in its industry segments of: Communications, Aerospace and Defense, Computers, and Semiconductors test. The company had a FY2017 revenue of $ 3.2 billion.

Keysight’s core platforms are: Electronic Design Automation (Highest performance design software used by 2/3 of the world’s RF/Microwave designers); Network Analyzers (Highest performance, broadest offering, including industry-leading PNA-X microwave network analyser); Signal Analyzers (Highest performance signal analyzer family, including the flagship PXA X-Series); Signal Sources (Highest performance signal generators led by the industry-standard PSG performance signal generator); Oscilloscopes (Product leadership in high-performance oscilloscopes via proprietary technology and application expertise); One Box Testers UXM for 4G & 5G cell phone test.

Proximus (Primary Supporter)

Proximus Group is a telecommunication & ICT company operating in the Belgian and international markets, servicing residential, enterprise and public customers. Proximus’ ambition is to become a digital service provider, connecting everyone and everything so people live better and work smarter. Through its highly performing integrated fixed and mobile networks, Proximus provides access anywhere and anytime to digital services and easy-to-use solutions, as well as to a broad offering of multimedia content. Proximus transforms technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud and Security into solutions with a positive impact on people and society. With 13,391 employees, all engaged to offer customers a superior experience, the Group realized an underlying Group revenue of EUR 5,778 million end-2017.

In 1994, Proximus became a pioneer in Belgium by launching the very first mobile network. This was followed (in 2004) by the 3G network, for a fast surfing experience. In 2012, Proximus became the first operator in Belgium to launch ultra-fast mobile Internet via 4G on the market. In 2015, 4G+ followed in major cities, along with three other mobile innovations: Mobile Coverage Extender (to boost mobile coverage in every room of the home or office), Smart Wi-Fi (free automatic switching between mobile Internet and Wi-Fi while on the move) and finally, LoRa technology to enable objects to communicate with each other. In 2016, Proximus launched HD voice on 3G and Voice over 4G (VoLTE) offering crystal-clear calls while surfing on 4G. In November 2016, it was the first Belgian operator to test 5G technology with speeds of up to 70 Gbps in an indoor lab environment, based on millimetre wave. In April 2018 Proximus realized the first successful 5G outdoor trial in Belgium: speeds of up to 2.94 Gbps reached, end-to-end latency down to 1.81 milliseconds.