Radio Testbeds

Radio TestBeds

TSSG SDR platform is one of the only large-scale academic SDR testbed deployments in Ireland.

It combines the natural surroundings of the Carriganore Campus at Waterford Institute of Technology with its variable terrain (many species of trees, rocks, hills, flat terrain, bodies of water) over 72 hectares (720000 square meters). It hosts programmable USRPs on easy to configure masts with single mode fibre connectivity to an on-site data centre.

In the data centre, this radio platform is connected to private cloud infrastructure with allowing for scalable deployment of supporting components. This cloud infrastructure has already been used for experiments and deployments involving SDN, NFV, data analytics and pre-commercial projects with industrial partners.


The project will build a Terahertz based Ultra High Bandwidth Access Network (TERAPOD). A TERAPOD cell is a very small cell of coverage approx. sub 10 meters making it comparable in coverage to a femtocell. However, it could potentially deliver several orders of magnitude higher throughput (x103). This will be demonstrated in a particular use case scenario of wireless network access in Data Centres.

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