Visit the IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed websiteIEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed

A new program and offering from IEEE, the 5G/6G Innovation Testbed is a cloud-based, end-to-end 5G network emulator that enables testing and experimentation of 5G products and services. Secure, easily-accessible and “always on,” this platform brings 5G network testing and development to your fingertips and paves the way for speedier and smoother real world deployments. This service is intended for use by industry but can also be valuable for instructional or research uses in academia. 

Visit the IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed website to learn more and to reach out to IEEE to discuss starting an account.


IEEE Future Networks Tested INGR Working Group
Co-Chairs: Ivan Seskar and Mohammad Patwary

The IEEE Future Networks Testbed Working Group is part of the larger International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) technical roadmap project that charts a course for industry through 5G and beyond. Every new edition of the INGR looks 10 years into the future, while setting benchmarks at 3- and 5-year time intervals. The goal is to agree on the desired future state (10 years) while defining what will be required to get there, and what roadblocks industry is likely to run into along the way.

The working group encourages new members to participate. If you are interested in joining, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Future Networks Directory – please take our survey!

Our working group is in the process of creating a directory of 5G testbeds to maximize national and international collaboration, but to accomplish that we need your help! If you are involved with a public or private testbed, please take our survey so that we can collect as much information on as many testbeds as possible around the world.

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The IEEE Future Networks Initiative (FNI) is curating a directory of available 5G and beyond networking testbeds for use by both academic and industry research groups. Due to the high data rates and low latency requirements for 5G and beyond networks, these platforms can be challenging to develop and are critically needed to explore and evolve novel wireless networking implementations.

By leveraging the IEEE community, the directory of testbeds and instrumentation can be used to showcase platforms currently available for use and what their specifications and capabilities are. Such a directory will also identify gaps in availability and capabilities. When implemented, the directory aims to provide: 

  • Visibility to the many available testbeds, increasing their usage
  • Access to and development of interesting experiments for 5G and beyond that utilize multiple testbeds, including scaling up or combining special resources (e.g., wireless robots)
  • Collaboration between testbed users and developers across the various platforms, to improve current testing and expand the scale to include the next generation of technologies
  • Establish a community of researchers addressing the issues associated with 5G and beyond testbeds. This community can be leveraged to drive the evolution of testbed requirements and other 5G experimental aspects, including use cases.


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Testbed Working Group Presentation

Title: COSMOS: An Open, Programmable, City-scale Testbed for Experimentation with Advanced Wireless Systems and Edge-computing Concepts
Presenter: Ivan Seskar
Abstract: This talk will present an overview of the COSMOS testbed being developed jointly by Rutgers, Columbia and NYU. The testbed is currently being deployed in West Harlem (New York City) as part of the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. Key testbed technologies including SDR base stations, mmWave radio, optical wavelength division switching, next-generation mobile core network and distributed edge cloud will be introduced.
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Other Resources

5G testing frameworkCIO Federal Mobility Group Unveils 5G Testing Framework

The recently launched fifth generation (5G) cellular networks will deliver enhanced wireless communications capabilities to consumers and government alike. Among the most anticipated improvements that have federal agencies racing to adopt 5G technologies are 100 times faster download speeds, a 10-times decrease in latency, increased network capacity, and spectrum access in the mmWave ranges that enables enhanced broadband capabilities.

To guide governmentwide adoption of 5G and related technologies, the Federal Mobility Group’s (FMG) 5G and Mobile Network Infrastructure Working Group (WG) over the past year has undertaken an extensive evaluation of 5G testing approaches.

Their work has culminated in a fuller understanding of 5G testing capabilities; a plan to promote the use of shared testing resources, thereby avoiding duplication by individual agencies; and establishing a framework to support federal agency use-case testing.

Read more about the framework here.

Access and download the entire document here.

IEEE SDN Catalogue of Toolkits and Testbeds

This wiki provides an overview of existing toolkits, and (federated) testbeds in the area of Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Mobile Edge Computing which can be used for building prototypes boosting the development of the 5th Generation of Mobile Networks. In particular, each section provides a brief overview about the standardization and standard de-facto activities currently ongoing, what is the main reference architecture, and which tools can be used for implementing a comprehensive solution. All of this is supported by the IEEE SDN Initiative Outreach group, led by Fraunhofer FOKUS, Technical University of Berlin, and University of Campinas.


Past Events:

testbed workshop smallPicPorto2018 IEEE 5G and Beyond Testbed Workshop in Conjunction with IEEE VTC 2018 Spring, Porto, Portugal 

Organized by IEEE 5G Initiative Testbed Working Group

This second edition in the workshop series will build on the achievements of the first workshop held as part of the 2017 VTC in Toronto and will be focusing on experimental testbeds on 5G and Beyond. This workshop will take place, as part of the VTC 2018 Spring, on Sunday June, 3rd 2018 in Porto.

Click here for more information. 


Rutgers WINLAB ORBIT Testbed 
Now available for use by the IEEE 5G Community 

Click here for more information on the ORBIT Testbed. 

To request an account, click hereSelect "IEEE" as the Organization. 


IEEE 5G and Beyond Testbed Workshop in Conjunction with IEEE VTC 2017, Toronto

Organized by IEEE 5G Initiative Testbed Working Group

Individual presentations are available to view here.