STL to collaborate with IIT Madras for 5G advancements in India

STL to collaborate with IIT Madras for 5G advancements in India

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Chennai, Dec 20 : Global data networks innovator Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) for sponsoring a Chair Professorship in 5G.

Under this MoU, STL and IIT-M will partner for research and advancements in 5G communications technology. Data was the primary driver of growth in the industry today and the demand for it wass all set to go up. 5G will address the demand by enabling ubiquitous connectivity, a release from IIT-M said.

''5G technology are still evolving, while efficient and affordable standards need to be developed. The IIT-M and STL industry- academia joint initiative will support development of such standards and technologies'', it said . The Chair occupant will be a full-time institute faculty and will be identified through institute’s comprehensive review and selection process. Announcement of the first occupant of the Chair Professorship will happen in the first quarter of 2020 and the Occupant will work towards accelerating the advancements in 5G by unifying IIT-M research and domain knowledge with STL’s industry expertise in 5G and end-to-end network connectivity.

Dr Badri Gomatam, Group CTO, STL, said, “STL, as a data networks innovator is always at the forefront of bringing end- to-end connectivity solutions and transforming lives with technology. We are entering the era of 5G connectivity and we need to make the most of it.''

''Through this partnership, STL and IIT-M are committed to realize the enormous potential of 5G for customers and industry in India and global markets'', he said. Prof David Koilpillai, Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT-M said “this Chair will be instrumental in enabling the Department of Electrical Engineering to undertake cutting edge research in Communications technologies--both fundamental R and D and translational projects.”

The initiative will play a critical role in boosting innovation and developing young talent in the 5G domain. ''With industry and academia getting together, this collaboration can be a cornerstone in discovering unique opportunities and making industrial relevance more prominent in academic research'', he said. (UNI)