CEWiT builds technology demonstrators from prototypes to test beds in alignment with the research and technology projects being undertaken by it. This is a very crucial step in the life of a technology– moving from the algorithm and simulation levels to a realization scenario. The test bed and the various components that form part of it are also opened or licensed to partners for use in their R&D activities. They also help academic institutions in conducting research on wireless topics.


Indigenous End to end 5G Testbed at CEWiT

CEWiT is currently part of a major collaborative project where a full-fledged end-to-end 5G Test Bed is being developed by eight leading academic and R&D institutes of India. The project is a unique collaborative effort of a pan-Indian multi-institutional team which will enhance national capability in telecom technology, develop indigenous IP and give fillip to Indian telecom manufacturers. There are several industry players in India who also have joined this initiative as project partners. The project is funded by the Department of Telecom, Government of India. It started in April 2018 and is scheduled to complete in October 2021. The 5G Test Bed is expected go a long way in fostering the development of 5G ecosystem in India.

What is done in the 5G Test Bed project

Various advanced hardware and software modules will be developed in the project that will be finally put together to create a test bed that closely resembles a real-world 5G deployment. It will deliver an end-to-end 5G testbed comprising of User Equipment nodes, 5G Base Stations and 5G Core that support various 5G use cases including NB IoT services. Various hardware and software IPs across the 5G system will be developed indigenously as part of the test bed.

What comes out of the 5G Test Bed project

A major outcome of the project is an end-to-end 5G Test Bed that will be made available to academic and industry in India for various R&D, product development and capacity development activities. Through published interfaces and APIs, and open modules, the test bed will be a versatile playground for testing and demonstrating 5G features and Use cases. 

The hardware and software developed in the project will be made available to entities that would like to make commercial use of the IPs through flexible licensing models. Several algorithms developed in the project which can enhance the performance of products will also be available for usage by product companies or R&D organisations.

What comes out of the 5G Test Bed project

Details of the subsystems at CEWiT:

      • NR PHY for User Equipment
      • NR Layer2, Layer3 Stacks of User Equipment
      • Higher Layers of User Equipment including NAS, Connection Manger and others.
      • 5G Core
      • RAN Emulator

Details of the 5G Test Bed are provided at https://5gtestbed.in/.

Contact 5gtbadmin@cewit.org.in for more details on the Test bed activity at CEWiT and for licensing any components of the Test Bed.