Our Mission & Vision

Fueling Collaboration for Future Networks

IEEE recognized a need to fill in the space of collaborative innovation for 5G and 6G networks and to facilitate the transition of ideas into real technologies that could help better human connectivity. Understanding that the industry and research communities thrive best in a neutral environment not bound by geography, proprietary technologies, or testing scope, IEEE created the 5G/6G Innovation Testbed to foster collaborative experimentation and advancement among stakeholders in the 5G and 6G ecosystem. These stakeholders, including telecommunications operators, equipment vendors, and application developers, rely on each other to deliver exceptional products and services across an ever-evolving network, and that interdependence requires significant testing for conformity and interoperability.

The Innovation Testbed will also serve the academic community in teaching and research, by using real network elements in their testing and analysis. This makes university-obtained data more valuable and usable by industry and will help train a new generation of graduates who are more prepared for real-world applications thanks to hands-on experience gained in the Innovation Testbed.

IEEE created the 5G/6G Innovation Testbed to foster collaborative experimentation and advancement among stakeholders in the 5G and 6G ecosystem.

IEEE further envisions the platform to serve as a foundational place of origin for the Network of the Future, driven by a diverse array of leaders in industry and the research community who work together on innovations, standards, and applications across sectors including manufacturing 2.0, healthcare, agriculture, autonomous vehicles, gaming, connected products, smart cities, virtual reality, and more.

IEEE’s position as a neutral, global organization, and our use of open-source components to power the Innovation Testbed, enable our platform to become a hub and federated testbed model. This allows multiple companies to test the compatibility of components located on their premises by using our platform as a mediator to interface their platforms without breaching security or company firewalls.

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About IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

More than 427,000 IEEE members are in over 190 countries—more than 64 percent of whom are from outside the United States. IEEE members are engineers, scientists, and allied professionals whose technical interests are rooted in electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines.

To learn more about IEEE and our broad set of offerings such as conferences, publications, standards, awards, and educational and humanitarian activities, visit: www.ieee.org