PAWR Initiative Will Pump Money Into Building 5G Test Networks In These Two U.S. Cities

In the global race for widespread 5G deployment, researchers along with the telecom industry has pushed the limits of lab testing and are ready to create larger test beds for 5G applications including VR and autonomous travel. The National Science Foundation has announced it will invest $100 million over then next seven years to build 5G test bed networks, starting with two U.S. cities, New York and Salt Lake City.

The NSF’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research initiative (PAWR) will start with a platform in New York City called COSMOS, covering one square mile in Harlem.

“COSMOS is an outdoor laboratory that will allow us to test entirely new classes of wireless applications such as smart intersections that can process massive data in real-time,” said principal investigator Dipankar Raychaudhuri, an engineering professor at Rutgers University and director of its Wireless Information Network Laboratory.


The incubator will enable real-world testing for Softare-Defined Radios, Edge Cloud, Advanced Optical Networking and more.

In Utah the Platform for Open Wirless Data-Driven Experimental Research (POWDER) will focus on massive MIMO and network optimization across future network transmitters, according to IEEE.


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