Salt Lake City

The nation’s first open programmable advanced wireless research testbed 

POWDER-RENEW, a collaboration with municipal and state leadership from Salt Lake City and Utah, is creating an advanced wireless research platform to cover 2.3 square miles of the University of Utah campus, 1.2 square miles of downtown Salt Lake City, and a two-mile corridor in between, reaching a potential population of 40,000 people. The map below reflects current-day deployment. Further development is ongoing.


POWDER-RENEW Interactive Coverage Area Map Click icons for details, and arrows at top left for options

Testbed developed jointly with the University of Utah and Rice University


What Can You Test On the Testbed?

The POWDER-RENEW testbed enables innovative research across numerous technical areas including 5G radio development, Radio Access Network (RAN) architectures including split RAN architecture development, network orchestration models, Massive MIMO, and much more.

For academic researchers, the POWDER-RENEW platform offers an opportunity to gain access to valuable wireless infrastructure for experimentation in a scaled, real world environment. With a unique set of resources, the testbed enables both extended academic exploration, and the ability to do breakthrough research at the frontiers of wireless network study.

Wireless industry leaders should view the POWDER-RENEW platform as a sandbox for experimenting with equipment, software, and spectrum that may not be available within the commercial networks in which they operate. The platform is a neutral site available for system integration, product evaluation, and feasibility studies. Particularly as the industry moves toward software-defined infrastructure – radio, network, and cloud – this platform provides a unique opportunity to test how new systems and technologies behave and interoperate in a real-world environment.

The POWDER-RENEW team welcomes joint experimentation and partnership opportunities with other organizations working to advance wireless research. Among other efforts, the platform can be used to create virtual environments for ongoing development and testing of software stacks that are critical to the evolution of communications networking.

Click here to visit the POWDER website.


POWDER-RENEW is part of the National Science Foundation’s PAWR program, and is funded in part by NSF award CNS-1827940, and by the PAWR Industry Consortium.