AT&T PRESS RELEASE 04.19.2021
UConn, AT&T Collaborate to Bring Private 5G Network to Stamford Campus
UConn and AT&T are collaborating to advance academic programs in data science, entrepreneurship, and innovation by bringing 5G+ millimeter wave and multi-access edge (MEC) technology to the Stamford campus, the company and University announced Monday, April 19.
The partnership makes UConn Stamford one of the region’s first campuses to use the advanced capabilities in its current academic and entrepreneurial activities, and to provide the technological foundation to establish and expand others.
With the support of CTNext and StamfordNext, AT&T’s collaboration with UConn Stamford will bring 5G capabilities to bolster the UConn Stamford Data Science Initiative, which includes the Stamford Start-up Studio, the UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP Digital) in Stamford, and the work of a soon-to-be hired team of data science research faculty.
“5G is a real game-changer. Access to ultra-fast wireless speeds is critical to our economic future for business and residents of our state,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says. “The work with AT&T is another step in setting the groundwork for future capabilities that will help unlock new economic development opportunities for Connecticut and UConn Stamford.”
AT&T and UConn expect the new resources at the Stamford campus to connect industry expertise with student and faculty innovation to create pathways to career opportunities and open avenues to new cutting-edge research. It also will make wireless high-speed 5G connectivity available throughout the UConn Stamford campus building, including to faculty, staff, and students in other programs there.
“Our collaboration with AT&T helps make the University and the state stronger, and enhances our focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and business partnership,” UConn President Thomas Katsouleas says. “We are honored to work with AT&T to explore the future of 5G and MEC-powered innovations.”
MEC computing is essentially a cellular network architecture that brings near real-time, high-bandwidth, ultra-low latency access to latency-dependent mobile applications. 5G and MEC will help connect students, faculty, and university partners via a private network. In other words, the technology will enable UConn Stamford to deliver advanced experiences and outcomes to students, faculty, and research communities.
“5G opens the door to new business models, products, services, and solutions. The widespread adoption of 5G technology can transform the business world across all sectors and bring exponential benefits,” says Anne Chow, AT&T Business chief operating officer.
“Leading universities like UConn Stamford are utilizing 5G to empower students and faculty to innovate and make learning come alive in the most extraordinary ways,” she says. “There’s no better place for 5G to be explored than on college campuses with our next generation of leaders.”
Build-out for the 5G Lab is expected finish by late summer this year. When complete, the Lab will accelerate academic research and programs already underway.
“With UConn-Stamford and AT&T 5G together, the possibilities are as exciting as they are limitless. In UConn’s hands, ultra-fast, reliable connectivity will open doors of opportunity for students, businesses, and the community, enabling innovation in countless areas,” says John Emra, AT&T New England Region president.