5G Lab


5G Lab is an interdisciplinary team with more than 500 researchers and aims to deliver key technologies for enabling 5G. The 5G Holistic Testbed consists of several connected test-beds which enable holistic research approaches for areas from silicon, wireless, networks, edge clouds and applications. The 5G Physical Layer test-bed consists of a core hardware platform with four NI PXI units and several USRP-RIOs, spectrum analyzers, channel emulator, networking hardware, which enable test and evaluation of novel physical layer schemes, in indoor as well as outdoor environments. The 5G Network layer test-bed consists of 150 meshed mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, drones, mobile robots) with a research focus on networking coding to enhance meshed, multi-hop, multi-path and secure communication. Several 5G tactile application test-beds are also used.


  • Focus on low latency and high reliability
  • Industry 4.0 Applications
  • Human-Machine collaboration
  • Autonomous driving
  • Robot-assisted tele-surgery


  • Macro cells 3.75 GHz
  • Microcells, 3.75 GHz, 26 GHz, 60 GHz
  • Optical transport network

Framework conditions

  • Network technology independent
  • End-to-end tests
  • Indoor/Outdoor


  • Software-Defined Radio (SDR)
  • Frequency range: 10 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Bandwidth: 160 MHz
  • Can be used with WiFi, LTE, 5G NR or internal or external proprietary developments
  • Embedded FPGA and CPU
  • Various HF front ends
  • Powerful Cloud Platforms as Backend

Test equipment

  • National Instruments SDR
  • Ettus SDR
  • HPE Edgecloud Server


  • Open to project partners and agreements
  • Fed4FIRE compatible

Target group

  • Internally through project partners
  • Research facilities
  • Mobile Radio/Solution Provider 5G