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UConn and AT&T Partner to Bring a Private 5G Network to Stamford Lab

UConn | April 20, 2021

The University of Connecticut (UConn) and AT&T* are collaborating on the Stamford campus to advance entrepreneurship, innovation, and data science by using AT&T 5G+ millimeter wave and Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) technologies. The AT&T 5G+ network will allow the university to advance research initiatives that will investigate new use cases and increase entrepreneurial activity.

AT&T's partnership with UConn Stamford, with the assistance of CTNext and StamfordNext, will add 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 recruited a team of data science research faculty. AT&T and UConn anticipate that the latest resources on the Stamford campus will connect business experience with student and faculty innovation, paving the way for new job opportunities and cutting-edge research.

AT&T's 5G infrastructure will provide UConn Stamford with cellular high-speed access. MEC computing is a wireless network infrastructure that, when combined with 5G+, enables near real-time, ultra-high bandwidth, and ultra-low latency connectivity to wireless mobile applications. Through a private network, 5G and MEC will help connect students, faculty, and university partners. In other words, the technology would enable UConn Stamford to provide advanced experiences and results to students, teachers, and research groups without requiring data to travel to distant data centers.

The addition of AT&T's 5G+ mmWave service will boost and extend Connecticut's innovation ecosystem, enhancing UConn Stamford's capacity to support the state, city, and university. Academic programs and student life should benefit as well, and the socioeconomic effect of this growth should benefit University partners and stakeholders in a meaningful manner.

AT&T and UConn anticipate that the new 5G lab will enable a wide set of technical tools and innovations that will allow the university to extend its work in entrepreneurship and data science. AT&T 5G+-enabled UConn use cases will include:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Co-op – This program will teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to develop early-stage innovations and technologies for the real estate and construction industries. The 5G technology will assist student entrepreneurs in unleashing their innovation and transforming business operations. Besides, the initiative assists women and minority-owned business innovators by connecting and developing a network of partnerships within the university and throughout the state.

Data Science Tech Incubator – 5G will assist TIP Digital startups in studying and assessing data more quickly and effectively. Real-time processing of patient data so that treatment can be delivered more quickly, as well as better management of extreme weather so that service providers can adapt to power outages more quickly, are examples of use cases. Access to 5G technologies enables TIP Digital firms to evolve more quickly and draw top talent to the field.

Faculty Fellows in Data Science – 5G can be used for analytics and data visualization research in engineering, liberal arts, fine arts, and industry. These data science faculty fellows will collaborate with industry partners to conduct cutting-edge research with the potential for commercialization.

UConn's commitment to Stamford and the business community is accompanied by this initiative. When the lab opens, UConn anticipates partnering with regional companies to expand student activities and opportunities.

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About UConn Stamford

UConn Stamford, UConn's largest undergraduate regional campus, is located in the state's most affluent and economically active county and offers a top-ranked research university education in the intimate setting of an urban liberal arts college. Graduate and undergraduate students study business, computer science, digital media and design, and other fields, all while benefiting from the City of Stamford's impressive network of government and business partners. Furthermore, with New York City and everything it has to offer less than an hour away, UConn Stamford's proximity and possibilities for synergized partnerships favor our students and the region. The campus catalyzes entrepreneurship and innovation, leading to social mobility for our students, and economic impact for the region.

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