IIT-Madras partners with Sterlite Technologies for 5G research and development

CHENNAI Sterlite technologies ( STL ) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) for sponsoring a chair in 5G net.

Under this MoU, STL and IIT-Madras will partner for research and advancements in 5G communications technology.

5G technology is still evolving and requires development of efficient and affordable standards to scale up as a concept, the two parties said, noting that the industry-academia joint initiative would support development of such standards and technologies.

The occupant of the chair will be a full-time faculty of the institute and will be identified through the review and selection process of the institute.

The first occupant of the chair will be selected in the first quarter of 2020, IIT-M said.

The chair occupant will work towards accelerating the advancements in 5G by unifying IIT-M’s research and domain knowledge with STL’s industry expertise in 5G.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras, R David Koilpillai, head, department of electrical engineering, IIT Madras, and Mahesh Panchagnula, dean (International and Alumni Relations,) IIT-Madras, and STL group CTO Badri Gomatam and its chief human resources officer Anjali Byce.

Through this partnership, STL and IIT-Madras are committed to realize the enormous potential of 5G for customers and industry in India and global markets, Gomatam said.

David Koilpillai said the memorandum of understanding would allow the electrical engineering department to undertake advanced research in communications technologies under fundamental R&D and translational projects.