CTIA Launches 5G Security Test Bed with AT&T, Ericsson, T-Mobile & Others

CTIA, a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States, announced this week the launch of its 5G Security Test Bed (STB), a security testing and validation initiative for commercial 5G networks.

CTIA developed the STB in partnership with wireless, technology and academic organizations to test 5G security recommendations in real-world conditions using off-the-shelf equipment and facilities. The founding members of the 5G Security Test Bed – AT&T, Ericsson, T-Mobile, UScellular, MITER and the University of Maryland (UMD) – contribute invaluable industry expertise that strengthens STB’s ability to power the wireless security ecosystem improve and ensure strong protection on 5G networks.


Led by industry leaders, governed by government priorities and managed by CTIA, the testbed is the latest in a series of steps the industry has taken to make 5G the most secure network ever. The founding members developed the initiative through their participation in CTIA’s Cybersecurity Working Group, which brings together the world’s leading telecom and technology companies to assess and address the present and future of cybersecurity.

Chris Boyer, Vice President, Global Security and Technology Policy, AT&T
We’re excited to have a network dedicated to safety testing, which is paramount to the success of 5G. This effort builds on ongoing work in standardization bodies such as 3GPP and will allow the industry to demonstrate 5G security in a real-world environment for consumers, businesses and governments.” —

Drew Morin, Director, Federal Cyber ​​Security Technology and Engineering Programs, T-Mobile
5G is the most secure generation of wireless networks yet, and we’re committed to improving that protection even further. We are excited that the 5G Security Testbed will provide an environment to assess potential threats to 5G security that are being addressed by security researchers.” —

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