Supporting a range of features specific to 5G networks

5G networks offer increased capacity, lower latency and faster speeds. They can operate in the higher frequency bands between 28GHz and 60GHz. This range is known as the millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. 5G networks feature a dense, distributed network of base stations or small cells. 5G networks offer ultra-reliable, low latency capacity, as a result of increased processing, which supports emerging user applications.

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

Due to the high-frequency bands used for 5G, accurate cartographic data is needed to take into account the terrain, clutter heights and building which may impact the service, network latency and capacity. ATDI offers a comprehensive library of map data, available for download hhttps://atdi.com/map-downloads/. These high-resolution maps support signal loss modelling which is characterised in the geo-spatial environment and identifies buildings and clutter that will 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 network 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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