Flintshire Senedd members visit Welsh university in a bid to bring the latest digital technologies and 5G services to the region



Askar Sheibani, managing director of Deeside-based telecommunications equipment supplier Comtek Network Systems, which works alongside the university on infrastructure and connectivity projects, also told guest members about the centre’s link with the private industry.

Digital signal processing, which converts real-world information such as audio, video, temperature or position into a digital and editable format, has grown in importance in recent years, with increased use every day.

Areas ranging from automation and autonomous vehicles to environmental and medical applications use DSP, which could also be essential for improving the reliability and safety of systems in daily use.

Prof Jianming Tang, Director of Operations at Bangor DSP Center, said, “The work we do at the site serves as a glue not only to develop digital systems that will have national and global impact, but also to bring businesses together. industry leaders to work on these plans.

“We have had the chance to present our work to our business partners and to representatives of the Welsh government, and we look forward to continuing to expand the infrastructure in place at the facility and to further develop North Wales in a real technological hub. “

Jack Sargeant MS and Carolyn Thomas MS (front row) visiting Bangor University’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Center. Credit: Iolo Penri

Bangor University’s digital signal processing center submitted program applications to various government agencies and authorities in 2021 with the aim of exploiting the centre’s various technologies and research areas, as well as identifying where those – these can be taken in the future.

One app would see the center and its partners working alongside communications companies such as Vodafone, Fibrespeed and Comtek to complete a £ 4.1million project bringing high-speed connectivity to 1,300 properties in hard-to-reach places in North Wales.

Another would use components designed and manufactured in the UK to make equipment that allows users to switch between providers on the country’s 5G networks.

Bangor University’s DSP Center is the only UK research site dedicated to DSP resolution for 5G and beyond, currently working alongside 28 business partners to deliver projects.

Prof. Paul Spencer, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Employability, Business Engagement and Partnerships at Bangor University, said: “The excellent work the institution is doing alongside the industry to help develop new technologies and new services will perpetuate many of the services we all use today. .

Carolyn Thomas, Regional MS for North Wales, said: “The site here in Bangor is a shining example of how the university is at the forefront of developing modern digital technology and helping to develop skills. and the local knowledge needed to transform North Wales into a leading and forward looking area.

Comtek Managing Director Askar Sheibani said: “The events of the past two years have indicated to the world that we need to focus more on studies and developments in communications, and the DSP center is perfectly positioned to be at the cutting edge of this area. .

“Combining academic advancements with private sector support means we can all work together to research and produce truly cutting-edge technologies and services that will help place North Wales on the map as a global hub of digital excellence.

“Working alongside the DSP center not only allows companies to showcase and build cutting edge systems, but also allows us to further develop the skills of our own workforce through partnership. “

Also present at the event were Director Mike Crouch and Business Development Director Dale Weedman of telecommunications service provider Fibrespeed, which provides high-performance fiber networks in North Wales, as well as the Digital Program Manager of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board Stuart Whitfield.

The Board of Directors has worked to upgrade networks and digital infrastructure in North Wales to support the competitiveness and growth of the region’s business sector as part of the North Wales Growth Deal.



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