Feature-rich 5G functions for radio planning and modelling

5G networks offer increased capacity, lower latency and faster speeds. They can operate in the higher frequency bands between 28GHz and 60GHz in a band known as the millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. 5G networks feature dense, distributed networks of base stations or small cells. 5G networks offer ultra-reliable, low latency capacity, which supports a growing number of user applications. Our flagship radio planning tool, HTZ enables MNOs to plan, model and optimise their radio networks.

Small cells in 5G networks increase network data capacity and can reduce rollout costs by eliminating expensive rooftop installations. 5G networks feature built-in flexibility to support coexistence with other standards like LTE & Wi-Fi and to enable spectrum sharing.

Because 5G operates in high-frequency bands, accurate cartographic data is needed to consider the terrain, clutter heights and building which may impact the service, network latency and capacity. ATDI offers access to a comprehensive library of map data, available for download for customers with a valid maintenance contract. These high-resolution maps support signal loss modelling which is characterised by the geo-spatial environment and identify buildings and clutter that impact mmWave propagation.

5G networks offer three distinct use cases for industry, each offering its own distinct benefits to users, communities and industry as a whole.

Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB)

Demand for faster data rates and improved capacity for end-users is driving the growth of services in urban and rural areas. Networks need to focus on enhancing the user experience through easy connectivity and access 24/7. eMBB is used to support high-speed internet access, improved broadband connectivity, video streaming and gaming, and higher capacity rates in densely populated areas such as cities, large scale events and stadiums.

Massive machine-type communications (mMTC)

Every industry looks to technology to provide cost savings, and the telecom industry is no different. 5G supports the growth of IoT for applications in health, transport, utilities, mining, oil and gas and more. These industries demand reliable, high-capacity networks which are scalable. mMTC supports smart city initiatives (see BAI Communications), autonomous/connected vehicles, smart metering, smart agriculture and asset monitoring.

Ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC)

These networks offer seamless reliability which, to date, has not been achieved with previous mobile technologies. This reliability allows emergency service networks and mission-critical communications to be supported on a new level. Developments in this field support innovative applications including automation across industries like smart factories, automated mines, automated vehicles, remote healthcare and immersive virtual reality experiences.

View our 3-part 5G network planning webinar.

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