The UK has two Virtual Centres of Excellence - one in Mobile and Personal Communications and the other in Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology.
The Virtual Centre of Excellence in Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology (known as "The Digital VCE") was officially launched by the Minister, Mrs Barbara Roche MP, at the Dept of Trade and Industry in London on Monday 13 October 1997.
The Digital VCE is on WWW at http://www.digital-vce.com/
Companies involved in the Digital VCE include BBC, BT, Canon, Mitsubishi Electric, NTL, NDS, Panasonic, Philips, Racal, S4C, Sony, and Snell and Wilcox. Academic members include the University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Essex, University of Surrey, and University College, London.
A further Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Personal Communications has 5 Universities and 20 companies. As one of the three core University members, the Telecommunications Research Centre at the University of Bradford (Directed by Professor Stephen Barton) is involved in the four work areas of the VCE: Services, Networks, Terminals and Radio Environment.
The Mobile VCE is on WWW at http://www.mobilevce.co.uk/