The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre of Excellence at Bangor University is to receive £4m of EU funding.

The centre will look at new ways to improve digital communication tech in phones, Wi-Fi hubs and fibre optic tech.

In addition to the EU funding, Bangor University is leading the project by contributing £1,672,984 funding, with additional funding of £349,262 from private sector partners.

Jeremy Miles, responsible for EU funding in Wales and Brexit Minister said: “Fast, flexible, adaptable digital systems, tailored to the needs of the user, are essential in today’s time-sensitive culture, and are vital to our nation’s development as we continue to boost productivity in the Welsh economy.

“The DSP Centre of Excellence puts Wales at the very heart of innovation in this key economic sector, and positions Bangor University at the top of the ICT research industry.

“Collaboration between top academics from Wales and world-wide institutions, high profile international companies and Welsh and UK SMEs, will lead to ground-breaking, world class research, resulting in cutting-edge solutions to advance the global 5G economy.”

“EU funding continues to drive progress in R&D, science, infrastructure and skills in Wales, as well as promoting economic growth and creating new jobs.

Professor Iwan Davies, Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor added: “This is a fine example of the excellent research conducted at our University. It illustrates how research conducted by academics of international standing feeds into innovation and contributes to economic and social impact in our wider world.

“In particular, the DSP Centre puts research innovation and collaboration at its heart.

“With academic, international and Welsh partners, the DSP Centre has the potential to promote the creation of a 'DSP Economic Zone' along the A55 to bring transformative economic benefits to North Wales.”