Which academic institutions are leading in 5G?

While major wireless infrastructure and software vendors are devoting significant resources to the development of 5G, scores of academic institutions also are working hard to make contributions by way of research, experimentation and testbed facilities. That's why FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at what some of them are doing in our latest feature, "Top 5 academic institutions leading in 5G research."

Like the wireless industry in general, it's an extremely competitive arena. Some are investigating new waveforms for very high frequency communication, while others are exploring 5G candidate technologies like General Frequency Division Multiplexing (GFDM). Still others are building testbeds to explore new 802.11 technologies that could be used in conjunction with 5G networks.

To get a better picture of what's going on at these institutions and testbed facilities, FierceWirelessTech consulted with a number of wireless industry experts who are working side by side with these institutions. The result is a list of what we believe are the top 5 academic institutions leading in 5G. Some of the criteria used involved the universities' engagement with industry, their published works and overall influence and thought leadership.

Even with terrific input from our sources, it wasn't easy narrowing the list to five. A lot of spectacular efforts are under way around the world. If we left anyone out who deserves an honorable mention or more, let us know in the comment section.

And if you've ever wondered which colleges and universities are standouts in 5G research, check out our list of top 5 institutions.--Monica