ICT 2016

UK 5G Testbeds



UK Government



The 5G Testbeds and trials Programme at DCMS was set up as a centre of excellence in 2017, to press forward the work in this area. The Programme will encourage and fund the creation of a series of Testbeds and Trials in a range of geographic and vertical market segments. It will explore the benefits and challenges of 5G technologies.

What was tested

5G networks

Testbed purpose

The key purposes are to stimulate market development and deployment of 5G technology in the UK, create new business opportunities, encourage inward investment, attract skills and ensure that the UK secures an 'early mover advantage".


Closed-off 5G networks

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies
  • Marketing and local economic development

Bank of examples of real-world innovation testbeds

This is a database of real-world innovation testbeds collected through desk-based research and network interviews. It contains global examples from a range of sectors sorted into typologies, country, purpose, sectoral composition, year of establishment and main facilitators.

We're collecting more examples as we find them. If you'd like to add your testbed to this map, please suggest a testbed.

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