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Sterlite Technologies, IIT Madras sign pact for 5G advancement

"Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology Madras for sponsoring a chair professorship in 5G," the company said in a filing to BSE.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 04.17 PM IST
CHENNAI: Data networks company Sterlite Technologies is partnering with IIT Madras for conducting research and developments in 5G technology, the Chennai-based institute said in a release.

STL will sponsor a Chair Professorship in 5G technology at the institute. The first occupant of the Chair Professorship will happen in the first quarter of 2020. The Chair Occupant will work towards accelerating the advancements in 5G by unifying IIT Madras’ research and domain knowledge with STL’s industry expertise in 5G and end-to-end network connectivity, said the release.

Earlier, IIT Madras had announced that it was setting up a 5G test bed facilities for technology providers to test their solutions before market roll out.

Commenting on the partnership 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 Madras are committed to realise the enormous potential of 5G for customers and industry in India and global markets”.

Speaking about the research under Professorship, David Koilpillai, Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, said the move will be "instrumental in enabling the Department of Electrical Engineering to undertake cutting edge research in Communications technologies - both fundamental R&D and translational projects.”

STL recently acquired London-based data centre and cloud services player IDS Group in a 12-million-Euro cash deal.

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