A joint UK and India ICT research project into next generation networks, which involves 200 researchers across the two countries, has attracted £10 million in funding.
The funding will play a key part in the work of the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC), a collaborative programme funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the government of India's Department of Science & Technology (DST) and industrial partners in both countries.
The overall aim of the IU-ATC is to develop systems that can scale to benefit the lives of citizens in the digital economies of the UK and India.
The areas the IU-ATC is focusing on are applications and services, core network systems and protocols, and heterogeneous wireless access networks.
The £10 million funding will allow the centre to concentrate on developing low-cost systems for rural access to broadband, improved use of available wireless spectrum, as well as applications for rural health monitoring, emergency and disaster communications and virtual learning.
David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said: "This £10 million investment will build on the UK's excellent record of research collaboration with India. It will bring together leading universities and institutes from both countries to develop technological solutions to a range of important issues, from rural health to disaster response."
Leading the joint research are the University of Ulster's chair in telecommunications engineering, professor Gerard Parr, and professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.
The University of Ulster is the lead UK institution in a consortium of nine research-leading UK universities, including the University of Surrey, Lancaster University, Queen Mary, University of London, Southampton University, University of St Andrews, University College London, University of Bristol, and the University of Cambridge.
The IU-ATC recently published research on security attacks on the internet infrastructure.