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British Telecommunications partners IIIT Delhi to set up a research centre

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Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D) has partnered with British Telecommunications (BT) to set up British Telecommunications India Research Centre (BTIRC). The centre is aimed to develop next generation broadband optical networks and quantum security solutions.

The new solutions are likely to help sustain the growth of high data rate telecom services towards 5G.  Under the partnership, BT will focus on developing cutting-edge next generation ICT solutions and networks research whereas IIIT Delhi will work towards development of Elastic Optical Networks and Quantum Key Distribution (Inter-city Backbone and Metro Networks).

Speaking on the partnership, Professor Andrew Lord, Senior Manager of Optical Networks Research, BT, said, “We’re proud to be aiding research activities at IIIT-D. India is a driving force for IT and technology and the BT India Research Centre will provide exciting opportunities for communications innovation and underpin the establishment of new collaborative links between the UK and India.”

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BTIRC will be an addition to BT’s network of collaborative research facilities across the world including centres in Northern Ireland, China, USA and UAE. The research centres support the company in its strategic research agenda to generate greater insight into emerging technologies.

Describing about how the partnership will be beneficial for IIIT-D, Prof Ranjan Bose, Director, IIIT-D said, “With collaborations like BTIRC, we are able to successfully create new technologies that interface with highly efficient business modules leading to the improved living standards of the users of technology and the revenue scales of the company.”

“IIIT-D is a research-lead teaching Institute, where our faculty members continuously work on cutting-edge technologies. Being industry-facing, we have always been in favour of getting an increasing number of students, professionals and businesses to be a part of the technological revolution,” he added,” he added.

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