IIT Madras PTF launches state-of-the-art facility for testing 5G Networks

IIT Madras PTF has launched a state-of-the-art lab called the ‘ComNet Lab’ for testing 5G networks and providing a one-stop solution for network security testing labs for the domestic and global markets.

Its mission is to accelerate indigenous 5G secure solution development that would be suitable for the Indian environment and become the foremost security compliance testing lab for 5G networks.

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IIT Madras PTF is also known as IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation. IIT Madras PTF is is already working with various Government agencies in networking and security areas ranging from standard development, use case development, solution development, and vulnerability besides penetration testing, among other areas.

Location

Located at the IIT Madras Research Park, the ComNet Lab has been designed and set up for testing 5G Core network functions and 5G RAN functionality, adhering to 3GPP security and functional requirements and Open RAN standards.

It has advanced equipment sourced from global and domestic vendors. It will provide testing for 5G core, 5G RAN and Open RAN functionality testing besides security testing, compliance testing and interoperability testing.

Inauguration

The ComNet lab was inaugurated recently by Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), Government of India.

The others present during the inauguration were Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, Dr. MJ Shankar Raman, CEO, IIT Madras PTF, researchers and staff of Pravartak. There is more to it than meets the eye with regards to IIT Madras PTF.

Chief Guest

Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), Government of India, spoke about the launch.

He said this is an important development in the Indian network security testing space. As India embraces the latest IoT and communication technology platforms, security is going to become a major bottleneck.

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This initiative by IIT Madras is timely and will help accelerate testing and deployment of 5G networks, he said during the inauguration of the lab by IIT Madras PTF.

Focus

IIT Madras PTF’s focus areas include Sensors, Networks, Actuators, and Control Systems (SNACS). It is deeply connected with the IITM research ecosystem and has incubated more than 25 deep-tech startups.

Importance

Highlighting the importance of such facilities for achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in critical technologies, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “The ComNet lab will become a 5G core and Open NFV certified assessment body for India and also provide Telecom Security Testing for 5G core security areas in the country.

It will also play a role in expanding services to the 4G core area, said director of IIT Madras.

This infrastructure is owned by IIT Madras PTF and operated by Vaan Megam Networks, which has profound industry experience and expertise in network routing and switching, wireless, security, 2G/3G/4G and 5G area.

IIT Madras PTFFacilities

The ComNet lab will be providing ‘Lab as a Service’ and has the following facilities

1. 5G Core Lab:

Ø 5G Core Essential Requirement

Ø OpenNFV

2. 5G Security Lab:

Ø 5G Core Security Verification

Ø 5G RAN Security Compliance Verification

3. Open Testing and Integration Centres (OTIC)

Ø Interoperable Testing

Ø Compliance Testing

Ø E2E Testing

Unique aspects

The unique aspects of the ComNet lab include having been established as a Vendor Neutral Lab powered by Industry-academia collaboration. It is a single point for security solutions for 5G Core, RAN and Open RAN, say sources from IIT Madras PTF.

IIT Madras PTF is a Section 8 Company housing the Technology Innovation Hub on Sensors, Networking, Actuators, and Control Systems.

It is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems and hosted by IIT Madras.

IIT Madras PTFAbout IIT MADRAS PTF

IIT Madras PTF is a section 08 Company housing the Technology Innovation Hub on Sensors, Networking, Actuators, and Control Systems (SNACS). It is committed to transforming the frontiers of knowledge.

Its start-up ecosystem is the nurturing space of brilliant professionals, Innovative entrepreneurs, curious young talents, and inquisitive students. With world-class infrastructure, equipment, and experienced mentors, IIT Madras PTF has everything to offer for the technology-hungry brains.

IIT Madras PTF is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems, and hosted as a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) by IIT Madras.

The NM-ICPS is a comprehensive Mission aimed at complete convergence with all stakeholders by establishing strong linkages between academia, industry, Government, and International Organizations.

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