Westcott 5G Step-Out Centre

An open and accessible test facility, offering satellite and terrestrial capabilities in a realistic, comprehensive environment.

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What is 5G?

5G or ‘fifth generation’ network is more than an evolution of wireless broadband, it is a key enabler of the future digital world and has the potential to transform our economic sectors.

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Our Facilities

Located in the heart of Buckinghamshire, the Centre will be physically located at Westcott Venture Park. This facility will give hardware, software, platform and applications developers’ access to the latest generation of networking equipment without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.

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Prototyping New Products

A unique environment for prototyping new products and services to enable faster access to market

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All Spectrum Licences Available

The only open test facility to offer Ofcom licences from 700Mhz to 4300Mhz

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What’s on offer?

The Westcott 5G Step-Out Centre (SoC) is s a joint funded venture between the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) and the Satellite Applications Catapult, focused on resilient communications. We are an open and accessible UK test centre for all ITU Primitives, providing total standardised COTS testing facilities. We also offer test and development Ofcom licences from 700Mhz to 4200Mhz and satellite and terrestrial capabilities.

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Our Location

Situated in the heart of the Westcott Venture Park, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the Wescott 5G Step-out Centre (SoC) offers the opportunity for industry partners and leading academics to work towards a shared vision that will help define and develop the next-generation of terrestrial and satellite 5G infrastructure and applications.

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Integrated 5G Ecosystem

In an integrated 5G ecosystem, satellite networks are providing a highly dependent and global coverage type of communication. Satellites are well positioned to target high data rate broadcast/multicast services, M2M narrowband services, congestion offload of terrestrial networks (ie. for signalling and/or video) as well as highly distributed and customised enterprise networks (ie. critical infrastructures, dedicated M2M, industrial communication).

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A Unique 5G Facility

The Westcott 5G SoC offers a unique 5G facility to test and develop new services and products by accessing the latest wireless applications service equipment and satellite data without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.

This allows you to rapidly prototype and commission new services and applications under representative real-world conditions ahead of your market roll-out.

The Westcott 5G SoC is unique to the UK as it provides an open and accessible 5G test and development facility that provides convergent multi-access terrestrial and satellite radio network with international standards based network infrastructure. There are also five fully equipped and customisable state-of-the-art test labs, situated within 650 acres of secured open space – an ideal location to test new infrastructures without the risk of interference from existing systems.

Kieran Arnold, Director, 5G Step-Out Centre

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Within the broad range of 5G capabilities, Westcott offers many advantages to other centres, particularly for the development of wireless applications. Westcott provides a secure, controlled environment with 650 acres of open space available within the estate.

What is 5G?

5G or ‘fifth generation’ network is more than an evolution of wireless broadband, it is a key enabler of the future digital world and has the potential to transform our economic sectors.


We offer an open and accessible test facility, with a full spectrum of Ofcom licences from 700-420Mhz, and integration of satellite and terrestrial networks with seamless connectivity.

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We are now open for business. To find out how you can benefit from this unique facility, please contact us through the link below.

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