The UK-China Science Bridges: R&D on (B)4G Wireless Mobile Communications (UC4G) project (EPSRC Grant Reference: EP/G042713/1) was awarded by the Research Council UK (RCUK) on March 2009 as one of the prestigious Science Bridges projects. The UC4G project received a total funding of £1,134,442 (fEC) over a period of 3 years from 1 August 2009 to 30 July 2012. 


The aim of the UC4G project is to promote systematic, long-term, and sustainable collaboration between the UK and China in the R&D of 4G and B4G wireless mobile communication systems. Specifically, the aims are:

  1. To become fully connected with top universities and telecom companies in (B)4G R&D in China.
  2. To build on the existing substantial collaborations among key UK-China partners and further strengthen and broaden current research links.
  3. To create, initially, a UK-China panel within Mobile VCE and, ultimately, a UK-China Joint R&D Centre for Future Wireless Communication Networks, enabling long-term sustainable collaboration between the UK and China by supporting collaborative research, mutual visits, exchange of researchers, and rapid technology transfer and commercialisation.


A UK consortium and a China consortium have been created through the UC4G project to bring together the leading expertises in the UK and China in the area of (B)4G wireless mobile communications. In the UK consortium, there are 6 academic partners led by Heriot-Watt University, 4 associate academic members, and 11 industrial members represented by Mobile VCE. The China consortium consists of 7 academic partners and 6 industrial partners led by the Shanghai Research Centre for Wireless Communications (WiCO), which is recognised by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in China as the international centre for wireless collaborative research. All our partners are key players of 4G R&D in the UK and China.

UK Consortium

Academic Partners
Associate Industrial Partner
  • Mobile VCE*, Dr Walter Tuttlebee (Chief Executive).
Associate Academic Partners (in alphabetical order)
Heriot-Watt University University of Edinburgh
*Mobile VCE, with 11 BigCO members: Alcatel-Lucent, BBC, BT, Fujitsu, Huawei Technologies, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Orange Labs, Samsung, Thales, Toshiba, Turner, Vodafone Alcatel-Lucent BBC Fujitsu Huawei Technologies Toshiba
Vodafone NEC Nokia Siemens Networks Turner Orange Labs
Thales Research        


China Consortium

Academic Partners (in alphabetical order)
Industrial Partners


Work Plan

Work Packages (WPs)

  • WP1: A delegation of 22 UK researchers visits Chinese partners and a technical workshop
  • WP2: Exchange of 30 researchers between UK and Chinese academic consortium members
  • WP3: Joint-organisation of two four-day international workshops
  • WP4: Prototype development and test of (B)4G wireless mobile communication technologies
  • WP5: Direct commercialisation of mature (B)4G technologies
  • WP6: A delegation of 25 Chinese researchers visit UK partners and a final workshop

Milestones (Ms)

  • M0: The project starts.
  • M1: UK and Chinese partners get to know each other and a collaboration agreement is in place.
  • M2: Full interaction of UK and Chinese academic consortium members.
  • M3: Raise wider awareness of UK-China collaboration activities and publicise the outcomes.
  • M4: Prototype development and verification of (B)4G wireless technologies.
  • M5: New products of (B)4G wireless communication technologies and creation of a UK-China R&D Centre in 4G wireless mobile communications.

Deliverables (Ds):

  • D1:
    • 1.1) A project website for efficient dissemination and sharing of information.
    • 1.2) Travel itinerary of the 16-day China trip, schedules and presentation slides of a workshop
    • 1.3) A summary report addressing collaboration opportunities and areas among UK and Chinese partners, as well as the experience and lessons of Beijing Olympics 2008 in choosing advanced wireless technologies.
    • 1.4) A full collaboration agreement between all UK and Chinese partners.
  • D2:
    • 2.1) Formation of UK-China collaborating partnerships and placement opportunities for UK & Chinese researchers.
    • 2.2) 30 reports detailing key (B)4G technologies to be possibly prototyped, tested, and commercialised.
    • 2.3) Joint publications, posters, project applications, IPR applications, and (B)4G standard proposals.
    • 2.4) Creation of a UK-China panel within Mobile VCE.
  • D3:
    • 3.1) Two workshops and proceedings.
    • 3.2) Joint publications and posters in workshops.
  • D4:
    • 4.1) (B)4G wireless communication technology prototype.
    • 4.2) IPR applications.
    • 4.3) Reports and posters regarding the verification results of developed (B)4G technologies.
  • D5:
    • 5.1) New (B)4G wireless technology products.
  • D6:
    • 6.1) A final project report summarising the collaboration outcomes and identifying follow-up activities.
    • 6.2) Establishment of a UK-China R&D Centre for Future Wireless Communication Networks.

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