Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Testbeds for Future Wireless Networks

Publishing date
01 Apr 2019
Submission deadline
16 Nov 2018

1Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain

2Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

3Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

4NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg, Germany

5DOCOMO Communications Lab. Europe, Munich, Germany

Testbeds for Future Wireless Networks


In the last years, the growth of wireless traffic has been enormous. For instance, according to the latest CISCO forecast, the number of mobile devices will grow from 8 billion in 2016 to 11.6 billion in 2021, including 3.3 billion M2M connections. Similarly, other wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi—with 541 million public hotspots by 2021—and LPWAN—accounting for 31% of M2M devices by 2021—will also experience a massive increase.

The literature about future wireless networks is abundant, but it usually focuses on formal concepts, theoretical architectures, and analytical or simulation-based performance evaluations. Although such works are required for the advance on knowledge and innovation, testbeds and prototypes become essential to demonstrate the correct operation and performance of these technologies. For this reason, this special issue wants to give an overview of current testbeds and prototypes for relevant wireless and mobile technologies, including both radio and architecture aspects. Field trials and experimentations performed by researchers and practitioners involved in national and transnational research projects are welcome. Review articles that describe current initiatives for such testbeds are also welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • The design and evaluation of testbeds, frameworks, and prototyping platforms for
    • New physical layer and prototyping developments (e.g., 5G New Radio)
    • Architecture and operation of 5G networks, including network slicing, usage of SDN and NFV paradigms, Edge Computing integration, and network synchronization
    • Prototyping and novel fixed access networks in the 5G scenarios
    • Emerging PHY implemented on software defined radio (SDR)
    • Prototyping in IoT cellular technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT
    • Testbeds in IoT LPWAN technologies such as LoRaWAN, SigFox, and RPMA
    • Testbeds in UAV communications, UAVs acting as flying base stations, and multirobot and vehicular networks
    • Prototyping in wearable and PAN networking
    • Testbeds in underwater/underground networks
    • Testbeds in large-scale and heterogeneous wireless networks
    • Prototyping in white-space networks, interference, and spectrum usage measurements
    • Testbeds targeted to measure and model QoE and QoS
    • Standardization of testbeds and replicability issues


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2382471
  • - Editorial

Testbeds for Future Wireless Networks

Jorge Navarro-Ortiz | Cristina Cervelló-Pastor | ... | Joan Triay
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2361352
  • - Research Article

Design and Experimental Validation of a Software-Defined Radio Access Network Testbed with Slicing Support

K. Koutlia | R. Ferrús | ... | J. Pérez-Romero
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8342167
  • - Research Article

mmWave Backhaul Testbed Configurability Using Software-Defined Networking

Ricardo Santos | Konstantin Koslowski | ... | Thomas Haustein
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1684906
  • - Research Article

A LoRaWAN Testbed Design for Supporting Critical Situations: Prototype and Evaluation

Jorge Navarro-Ortiz | Juan J. Ramos-Munoz | ... | Marisa Catalan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4734821
  • - Research Article

An NFV-Based Energy Scheduling Algorithm for a 5G Enabled Fleet of Programmable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Christian Tipantuña | Xavier Hesselbach | ... | Borja Nogales
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6202854
  • - Research Article

QoE Evaluation: The TRIANGLE Testbed Approach

Almudena Díaz Zayas | Laura Panizo | ... | Michael Dieudonne
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7659085
  • - Research Article

Packet Scheduling for Multiple-Switch Software-Defined Networking in Edge Computing Environment

Hai Xue | Kyung Tae Kim | Hee Yong Youn
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