5G testbed

At the heart of our Centre is a state-of-the-art testbed, the world’s leading independent testbed for trialling emerging 5G ideas, proving concepts, validating standards and vendor interoperability testing.


This testbed equips researchers with a fully functioning network with 5G new radio and advanced 4G radio equipment connected to both a fully-fledged 5G core network, developed in-house, as well as a legacy 4G EPC, enabling the development and testing of 5G prototype technologies in a real-world situation.

The testbed covers an area of 4km2 comprising indoor and outdoor environments and supports broadband mobile and internet of things.

The testbed is split into three key areas:

  • Mobile broadband radio
  • Fixed core network and service platform based on software defined networking
  • The internet of things.

Our connections

Our Centre provides a research hub for the telecommunications sector with dedicated specialist laboratories for network management and operation and communications electronics.

We are connected to the Vodafone Core Network, the Fujitsu Cloud Computing facilities and to a 4km2 5Gwireless test facility’ encompassing motorway, rural, urban and dense urban radio environments.

"The plan is that these three testbeds will be integrated into one system which will become 5G. These will be open facilities where we welcome industry (large and small and start-ups) and academia to take advantage of our facilities for the furthering of communications technologies and applications as a whole. This enables us to translate research from the lab to a real-world environment, along with industry partners who will be able to work with us to translate technical breakthroughs to deliver 5G applications and continuously feed our work into standardisations of the 5G system."

Inside the labs

TelecomTV visited our Centre and took a look round our facilities.

Contact us

Find us

Institute for Communication Systems
James Clerk Maxwell building
University of Surrey