Wednesday, January 21, 2009

India-UK Centre of Excellence in NGNs Gains Funding

A new India-UK Centre of Excellence has been established by the UK and Indian Governments, along with universities and ICT specialists in both countries, to foster Next Generation telecom networks. The consortium is being led by Professor Gerard Parr at the University of Ulster in the United Kingdom and Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras India, together with Professor Nader Azarmi of BT Innovate at Adastral Park UK. BT will take part in the project.


The wider IU-ATC consortium currently comprises nine UK universities, six Indian research Institutes, seven industry partners in both countries including BT, InfoSys, Wipro, Sasken, Tejas and Midas and a number of small business partners.


The grant money includes £5m jointly from the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Digital Economy Programme, led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Indian Government's Department of Science and Technology (DST). This is matched by a further contribution of over £4m from a consortium of the IU-ATC academic and industrial partners.


The funding bid was led by Professor Gerard Parr at the University of Ulster in Coleraine and Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, together with Professor Nader Azarmi of BT.
http://www.iu-atc.com/

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