An end-to-end 5G Testbed encompassing all the major subsystems of a 5G Network has been developed by eight leading academic (IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Science, Banglore) and R&D (SAMEER and CEWiT) institutes of India. The project is a unique collaborative effort of a pan-Indian multi-institutional team which has enhanced national capability in telecom technology. The 224.01 crore project was funded by the Department of Telecom, Government of India for a period of three and a half years. Several industry players and startups in India were project partners in this initiative.
A state-of-art, global best-in-class advanced Indigenous 5G Solution comprising of gNB and Core Network meeting India’s Needs Indigenously and Securely has been developed jointly by IIT Madras, SAMEER, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay and CEWiT. The system is available in both the sub-6 GHz (FR1) and 26 GHz mm-wave (FR2) bands. The 5G Test Bed also compromises of CPE, a state of art nBIoT ASIC chip, Advanced Use cases (IoT, Smart Meter, V2X), Advanced technology ( Lifi as a last mile high speed delivery mechanism, Multi-RAT Solution).
The Hardware and Software developed in the project are available to entities that would like to make commercial use of the IPs through flexible licensing models as per policies of the concerned Institutes.
The Testbed is available to academia, research institutions, government bodies and industry for various R&D, product development and capacity development activities. The Testbed will go a long way in fostering the development of 5G ecosystem India.