Features & Benefits

Discover the IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed™: The Fast Lane to 5G Innovation

Accelerate time to market, foster innovation with confidence, optimize ROI, and contribute to the creation of the ‘Network of the Future’ with the IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed. This cloud-based, secure, and private end-to-end 5G network emulator is comprised of integrated open-source components, brought to you by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization.

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Empowering Rapid Innovation

In today’s interconnected business ecosystem, where companies rely increasingly on each other to deliver high-quality services over an ever-evolving network, the IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed provides an efficient, cost-effective, and collaborative environment for testing and development. It enables you and your partners to bring products and services to market faster.

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5G Testing at Your Fingertips

The Innovation Testbed is a secure and accessible platform for testing and experimenting with 5G products and services. It enables faster real-world deployments by providing 24/7 access to a 5G network testing sandbox where you can efficiently test and re-test, independently or with partners, until you are confident that field tests will be fruitful.

Built by IEEE with the goal of promoting collaborative experimentation, the Innovation Testbed brings together operators, equipment vendors, application developers, and academic institutions while supporting a wide range of industry applications.

The Testbed can also be used for academic research and educational purposes, giving students visibility inside a functioning network and enabling research groups to conduct experiments that advance technology across the 5G/6G ecosystem.

Open and Secure, from a Trusted Source

Drawing on IEEE’s mission as a neutral and trusted global technical association, the 5G/6G Innovation Testbed provides a secure environment for breaking new ground and collaborating to develop the next generation of technology innovations. By leveraging integrated open-source components, the Innovation Testbed avoids the limitations of relying on fixed proprietary solutions and allows for flexibility in adjusting, transforming, and integrating new network functions and features to enhance existing 5G technology and define future 6G functions.

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Capabilities that Unlock Possibilities

The Innovation Testbed empowers users to conduct a wide range of iterative development and operational testing before deploying high-stakes solutions in real-world settings. Its capabilities include:

  • Efficient and cost-effective 5G conformity testing within the 3GPP standards ecosystem:

    • Emulation of voice and video calls
    • Evaluation of authentication/encryption impact across different 5G platforms
    • Core network testing to verify functionality, compatibility, and interoperability of products
    • Conformance testing and end-to-end network testing of components or products
    • Denial of service, interoperability, and overload testing
  • Flexible and scalable support for continuous integration and continuous development (CICD) within various 5G use cases and scenarios:

    • Edge Cloud support for ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), and massive machine-type communications (mMTC)
    • Monitoring solution for ensuring the reliability, assurance, and monetization potential of over-the-top (OTT) services
    • Network orchestration features for validating designs and optimizing operations
    • Closed-loop automation
  • Foster certainty through collaborative testing and development with other teams:

    • Secure and private collaborative environments for you and your partners
    • Collaborative testing and development opportunities
    • Showcase your proof-of-concepts (PoCs) for pre-deployment and pre-commercial validations
    • Foster new partnerships with other companies within the Innovation Testbed
  • Adjust, transform, and integrate new network functions or features:

    • Develop and conduct tests for novel use cases like private networks, metaverse and cognitive networks
    • Push the limits of 5G Advanced and start defining coming 6G functions

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