Belfast Telegraph

Academic takes Indian internet technology to next generation

A NORTHERN Ireland academic is to spearhead a multi-million-pound project to boost India's internet capabilities.

Professor Gerard Parr, who is chair in telecommunications engineering on the University of Ulster's Coleraine campus, is the UK's principal investigator for a £10m India-UK ICT research consortium.

UK minister for universities and science David Willetts announced the funding during a meeting with Indian science and technology minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in London.

The project will support the second phase of research into next generation telecommunications networks - the development of state-of-the-art platforms and applications that will carry audio, video and data.

Professor Parr said: "This is a very significant initiative representing over £20m of investment from government, industry and academic partners in both countries for both phases.

"We will work closely with our funders and industry to ensure we fully exploit the promise of technological advances in next generation networks."

Professor Parr and Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala from the Indian Institute of Technology are the UK and Indian principal investigators for the research initiative, the ultimate aim of which is to develop solutions that will benefit the lives of millions of users in the future digital economy.

The University of Ulster is the lead UK institution in a consortium of nine research-leading UK universities including the University of Surrey, Lancaster University, Queen Mary, University of London, Southampton University, University of St Andrews, University College London, University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge.

They are joined in the initiative by seven prestigious institutes of technology (IITs) in India: IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, IIT Mandi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad and IISc Bangalore.

£10m

The amount invested in the research project to vastly improve nation's telecommunications

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