Indigenous 5G Testbed Project

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is funding a large scale 5G testbed project to encourage Indian startups and the industry to take an early lead in 5G. The goal of the project is to build a test bed that closely resembles a real-world 5G deployment. This testbed could become a basis for many commercial deployments. This project will create a 5G prototype and testing platform that will be developed under the guidance of IIT-M faculty. The project will deliver an end-to- end 5G testbed comprising of 5G BS and UE nodes that support enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), Ultra low latency communication (URLLC), and massive MTC including NB IoT services. The operating frequently includes both sub 6 GHz and mmwave frequencies. The system will exceed IMT 2020 5G performance requirements including Low Mobility Large Cell (i.e.., LMLC) targets introduced by India at ITU. The 'Indigenous 5G Testbed' project is a long term effort with a team of 50+ researchers/engineers based out of IIT-M campus.


What is involved?

This involves designing and fabricating multiple high-end components such as baseband processing units, remote radio heads, RF modules, core network, network interconnects and baseband algorithms and software.


Who is involved?

Top Indian institutes and startups such as IITD, IITH, IITK, IITB, IISC, Sameer, CEWiT and IITM are involved in this project with IITM/CEWiT being the integrator and the lead of the project.


What are we looking for?

Smart, dedicated, and enthusiastic students who want to work on cutting edge research problems and build hands-on experience with the latest tools and hardware. This project requires a big team working on cutting edge technology and tools with a goal of demonstrating of an end-to-end working cellular system.