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Yusuf Sambo: The Nigerian Engineer Leading Scotland’s 5G Revolution

Yusuf Abdulrahman Sambo, a Kaduna-born IT expert, is one of the leading figures in revolutionary 5G technology. He is also an academic with several published articles in top journals to his name. Furthermore, Sambo is a top-rated reviewer for several top journals and conferences.


Nigerians are making a huge impact around the world in various industries. Yusuf Sambo, with his sterling accomplishments in Information Technology, is one of such spectacular individuals.


The tech expert was a lecturer at Baze University in Abuja. He is currently a research associate and part of the 5G-SON at the University of Glasgow in the UK.


Yusuf Sambo, who was born in 1988, had his primary education at Command Children School in Abuja. He then proceeded to Zaria Academy, Shika, for his secondary education. In 2010, he graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria with a second class honour. At the age of 27, he got his PhD on full scholarship.


Sambo’s pursuit in mobile communications began properly when he secured funding to conduct a research in the field. This happened during his stay at Texas A&M University in Qatar.


Yusuf Sambo and Nicola Sturgeon


The Cable reports that after his education abroad, Sambo came back to the country. This (between 2016 and 2017) was when he briefly taught at the Baze University. There, he made significant contributions as some of his students came up with a laudable project.


Other achievements Yusuf Sambo has had include co-writing the reportedly world’s first books on 5G and the electromotive force radiation from wireless technology.


Sambo hit the international limelight with his work in 5G technology. It came after he coordinated a demo for the first minister of Scotland to showcase the research and successes of his team’s 5G plan. This was widely reported in the British media, including coverage by the BBC, STV, the Scotsman, Daily Record, the Herald and the Daily Mail.


He has designed and built the first real-time 5G testbed dedicated to Self-Organised Networks (SON) in the UK which runs on general-purpose processors.


At Glasgow, he also produced several proofs-of-concept and demonstrated various 5G use-cases. They include a prototype for the world’s first popup network that can be deployed in less than 2 minutes for emergency communications and rural connectivity. He leads the University of Glasgow research team on the widely-celebrated Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)-funded 5G RuralFirst project. The project focuses on implementing a pop-up network for a healthcare use case in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.



His works also made it possible to dynamically switch on/off 5G small cells by using machine learning for traffic prediction and multi-sensor fusion that result in over 20 percent energy savings.


Following his array of excellent ideas and implementation, he was awarded the coveted Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grant for research on novel cooling systems capable of reducing the energy consumption of 5G networks by up to 50 percent.


The 31-year-old co-edited the world’s first books on the verticals of 5G and EMF radiation from future wireless communication. The prestigious Wiley-IEEE and the IET published them respectively in 2019.


When he is not revolutionalising 5G networks, Sambo is supporting Arsenal Football Club, playing squash or travelling. He says he loves food and is strangely a pen collector — he has about 100 pens from various places.
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