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Mobile speech and data communications have become part of everyday life in all parts of the world. However, the provision of more sophisticated ‘tele-presence’ services requires a further quantum leap in research if we are to move forward from mobile phone technology. The Communications Group plays a key role in researching and advancing the necessary enabling technologies to facilitate this quantum leap, including the physical network and service layers, as well as their joint optimisation.

Long-term research in the group focuses on communications and information theory. It provides ideas for more short-term, applied research, while directly appealing to industrial partners across the globe.

Having completed a range of studies related to the current operational wireless systems and their components, the group’s research activities have now progressed to the next generation of wireless communications systems and their components. The Communications Group is also involved in the European Networks of Excellence Newcom ( and the Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE) in mobile communications at

Head of Group:

Professor Lajos Hanzo

Academic Staff:

Professor Sheng Chen

Professor Lie-Liang Yang

Dr Soon Xin Ng (Michael)

Dr Robert Maunder

Dr Mohammed El-Hajjar

Dr Rong Zhang

Group secretary:

Lauren J Dampier

University of Southampton: