BROOKLYN, New York - NYU WIRELESS and Ericsson Incorporated announced that the technology firm joined the university center as an affiliate sponsor of research exploring a new generation of wireless technologies, also known as "5G."

New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering launched NYU WIRELESS in August 2012. Focused on mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets, NYU WIRELESS is the first university center to combine wireless, computing, and medical applications research. NYU WIRELESS includes more than 20 faculty members and 100 graduate students from the NYU School of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine.

"We are pleased to have Ericsson join the NYU WIRELESS industrial affiliate program and welcome its participation," said Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, NYU WIRELESS Director and founder. "Our students will benefit from working alongside this global innovator and leader in network infrastructure technology and wireless services." Rappaport holds the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the NYU School of Engineering, as well as appointments at Courant and the department of Radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center.

"We see NYU Wireless as an important partner in the research towards the development of global 5G standards" said Dr. Magnus Frodigh, Director of Wireless Access Networks Research at Ericsson Research. "Academia and industry are currently ramping up the research efforts, and we expect that the collaboration with NYU WIRELESS students and faculty will not only contribute with solid research results, but also generate creativity, insights and requirements from the highly dynamic and innovative U.S. wireless marketplace."

Ericsson is the ninth major international technology firm to join NYU WIRELESS as an affiliate sponsor. Each company assigns two members to the research center’s industrial affiliates’ board, ensuring an unusually deep, cooperative relationship. These board members keep faculty and students informed about industry needs and provide employment opportunities for students, and the academicians and students bring innovative ideas into the affiliate companies of NYU WIRELESS. Industrial affiliate sponsors gain early access to NYU WIRELESS research and often work with students and faculty on directed research projects, and they frequently hire NYU School of Engineering students into positions of technical leadership.

Last year, NYU WIRELESS completed its move into 13,500 square feet of world-class research space on the grounds of the NYU School of Engineering in downtown Brooklyn.

About NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and societies to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2013 were SEK 227.4 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.