6G In Practice: 6G-IP Lab

Since 2018, the Chair of Communication Networks operates several testbeds and experimental facilities to investigate and evaluate the latest advances in communications and networking related to the current and the future mobile communication network technologies, 5G and 6G. Goal is to get practical hands-on experience as early as possible as an input to research and for the validation of the latest research results.

Core of the 6G-IP lab is an end-to-end 5G/6G testbed "FlexComNetLab" comprising a fully operational 5G RAN and 5G Core as well as several demanding applications running on top such as telepresence and haptics-based robot control. The applications are developed in close cooperation with the Chair of Media Technology.

Our main research topics include:

  • Environment-aware channel prediction
  • RAN and core network slicing
  • Software-defined RAN and RAN function split
  • Advanced Mobility Management
  • Software-defined Core with deterministic latency
  • Adaptive 5G Core Network Functions
  • Autonomous Network Management
  • Energy-aware Resource Management
  • Task-driven and industrial communication
  • RAN and Core secure networking


Related Testbeds and Experimental Platforms

These testbeds and experimental platforms are part of the 6G-IP lab at the Chair of Communication Networks:

  • FlexComNetsLab (the current main platform for our research)
  • TUM 5G CampusNetwork as part of the 6G-life project (under construction; available end of 2023)
  • TUM 6G testbed at the MRI (under development)


The 6G-IP Lab has received funding from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (StMWi), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of several R&D projects at the Chairs of Communication Networks. Please see the above listed projects for further details and references to the funding agencies.