Westcott Future Networks Development 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 is physically located at Westcott Venture Park. We're providing hardware, software, platform and applications developers access to the latest generation of terrestrial and satellite 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, with our experts available for advice and support.

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All 5G 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 Future Network Development Centre (FNDC) is s a joint funded venture between the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (BLEP) 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 5G test and development Ofcom licences from 700Mhz to 4200Mhz and satellite and terrestrial capabilities.

The FNDC capabilities are available to hire for your technology development, or you can partner with us for support from our communications experts. Any new businesses working in 5G are also recommended to check out the Business Incubation programme at the Westcott BIC, where you can apply for business support and research grants funded by European Regional Development Fund.

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).

A Unique Facility

The Westcott FNDC offers a unique 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.

Our Location

Situated in the heart of the Westcott Venture Park, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the Future Network Development Centre (FNDC) 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.

The FNDC is part of the Westcott Space Cluster, located near the Westcott Business Incubation Centre and soon to be joined by a brand new Innovation Centre!


The Westcott FNDC 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, Future Networks Development Centre

About Us

The Wescott Future Networks Development Centre (FNDC) offers you the opportunity to define and develop the next generation of terrestrial and satellite infrastructure and applications. Work with us or hire our specialist facilities and infrastructure to boost your technology development.

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 5G Ofcom licences from 700-420Mhz, and integration of satellite and terrestrial networks with seamless connectivity.

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