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Purdue University and AT&T partnering for new 5G research lab

Purdue University and AT&T are researching the impacts 5G wireless technology could have on the community. They've partnered together to launch a new 5G research lab.

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 4:47 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2019 5:20 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Sean Hendrix is the Managing Director for Emerging Technology Partnerships at Purdue. He said Greater Lafayette is a great place for this type of research.

"Obviously Purdue is renowned for the engineering program and footprint,” said Hendrix. Purdue's really leading the nation with the Discovery Park District and the development of smart cities. So again this is a core technology to rolling out smart cities."

AT&T already has a research hub in Indianapolis that will engage Purdue students. Come Spring of 2020 Purdue will expand its research lab with equipment that will help determine 5Gs chance to advance manufacturing, smart cities and rural broadband.

"The work that can happen in the lab can then begin to move out into other elements of our test bed ecosystems,” said Hendrix.

Hendrix describes 5G as a new type of cellular and radio communication. He said improving 5G connectivity will decrease network congestion and increase speeds.

"The number of internet connected devices is exploding,” said Hendrix. So 5G is really designed to handle this kind of massive device connectivity."

Hendrix goes on to say that reaching complete 5G connectivity has been an evolution over the last decade.

"There's just a lot of work to do that's been happening over the last decade just on 4G to get the download speeds faster,” said Hendrix. So as we've solved those challenges, we've seen the adoption rates of those devices go up which have essentially created new problems."

Hendrix said the goal is to discover and create the next generation of 5G applications.

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