TUDOR (Towards Ubiquitous 3D Open Resilient Network) is an ambitious research project aiming to solve many societal, environmental and economic grand challenges such as the digital divide

Key information

Total project funding amount: £12,000,000

Project date(s):

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): Surrey

Status: Open


  • 5/6GIC The University of Surrey
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWTG
  • BAE Systems (BAE)
  • British Telecom (BT)
  • Ericsson
  • InterDigital Europe (IDE)
  • Mavenir
  • Nokia
  • OneWeb (OW)
  • Tactical Wireless
  • Toshiba
  • Viavi Solutions
  • VirginMedia O2 (VMO2)
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Satellite Catapult (SatApps)
  • Imperial College London (IC)
  • King’s College London (KCL)
  • Lancaster University (LU)
  • Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)
  • Strathclyde University (SU)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Glasgow (UoG)
  • AMD
  • Qualcomm

Project summary

TUDOR (Towards Ubiquitous 3D Open Resilient Network) is an ambitious research project aiming to solve many societal, environmental and economic grand challenges such as the digital divide and energy efficiency by advanced technology innovations in open telecommunications systems, and to massively contribute to the UK strategy of diversification of the telecom vendors ecosystem. 

Extending the UK Government’s Open-RAN principles, TUDOR is researching and developing open network components and their seamless interoperability in the wider RAN, core, and transport network environment and service platforms, applying them across heterogeneous networks in 5G and beyond. This includes terrestrial, airborne (e.g. high-altitude platform systems – HAPS) and satellite networks, which we call 3D Open Network. The plan also contributes to future standards (5G, 5GAdvanced and 6G), generate essential IPs and contribute to skills enhancements.

The TUDOR solutions are being tested and demonstrated, showcasing both technical capabilities and interoperability.

The TUDOR consortium, led by the University of Surrey’s 5G/6GIC, brings together world-leading researchers from UK universities, innovative equipment vendors, major network operators and network/software and system integrators from both space and terrestrial sectors. All have extensive experience in delivering collaborative research in advanced wireless and networking technologies.

Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, 5G/6GIC and ICS Director at the University of Surrey, said “We would like to thank DCMS for launching this programme of research and innovation into Future Open Networks. We are looking forward to working with our strong national and international TUDOR team and making further positive impacts beyond those which we made in the award-winning 5GIC, for the good of society, the environment and the UK economy.”

Organisations participating in this project

5GIC at University of Surrey

The 5G Innovation Centre brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a shared vision to help define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future.


AWTG is an end-to-end service provider for the telecommunications market with a global presence.

BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure


BT is a leading global business communications provider. With more than 17,000 people worldwide, BT supply ICT services to 5,500 multinational companies across 180 countries worldwide.


Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks.

Mavenir Systems


Toshiba Europe

Toshiba offers European businesses a wide variety of innovative hard disk drives (HDD) plus semiconductor solutions for automotive, industrial, IoT, motion control, telecoms, networking, consumer and white goods applications.

VIAVI Solutions

VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global leader in both network and service enablement and optical security performance products and solutions. Our technologies contribute to the success of a wide range of customers – from the world’s largest mobile operators and governmental entities to enterprise network and application providers to contractors laying the fiber and building the towers that keep us connected.

Satellite Applications Catapult

We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Kings College London

Kings College London is one of three sites in the UK that will be linked up via 5G test beds for the first time.

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is an internationally highly-ranked leader in the provision of inspiring teaching and research.

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