5G technology has arrived and is the next big thing in high-speed networks. Leveraging on the location data capabilities of GIS, this technology promises immense capabilities for an interconnected world. Read on to understand the challenges in implementing this new technology and how GIS can resolve it.
The fifth-generation network combined with geospatial data paves the path to smart cities that offers higher living standards to its citizens. Though the 5G deployments started in 2019, it was limited to selected countries. The technology is now gaining acceptance and more rollouts are expected beyond 2020.
However, there are many network issues on the way that are preventing 5G from delivering its fullest results. 5G requires precise location data to ensure smooth and uninterrupted network connectivity. Here, we can use geospatial technology to overcome the hurdles in the path of 5G implementation.
GIS enables accurate mapping for the 5G network
Here is how accurate geographic maps facilitate 5G planning, deployment, and maintenance.
- Efficient wireless network planning – 5G networks are dense and complex. This is because the range is limited and has more infrastructural requirements. Hence, deploying the 5G network requires advanced GIS mapping facilities to locate the existing infrastructure of the region and plan for expanding it without affecting the quality of the network.
Higher frequency and sensitivity of 5G signals brings many challenges that authorities need to overcome. Even minor obstructions can block the signals and affect the network. Geospatial data can construct maps to locate the obstructions and ensure a smooth 5G signal transmission.
- Smooth construction of 5G infrastructures – The infrastructure required for a 5G network is huge. It requires accurate data to decide the location of the wireless infrastructure, lay new fiber, and remove physical restrictions. Urbanization and the associated congestion are making optimal placement of infrastructure difficult. Cities are densely populated with no space for planning new construction. The 5G towers need to be deployed in a manner that doesn’t interfere with the various facilities in the city and the citizen’s activities.
GIS provides the right information to the authorities for analysis and modeling. Authorities can plan the location of 5G towers optimally and ensure maximum throughput.
- Integration with construction planning– The construction planning requires location intelligence to design roadways and fiber installs accurately before implementation. This can save time during deployment and construct roadways with 5G infrastructure directly.
- Ensures accuracy – 5G requires advanced accuracy for reliable planning and deployment. All geographical features including vegetation information, natural and manmade obstacles and existing assets should be captured for accurate 5G modeling. The 3D mapping capabilities of GIS can capture the details including trees, buildings, bridges, transport networks, and drainage for optimal construction planning. Designing 5G networks outside cities are challenging because of the varied landscape. GIS data can depict vegetation features in the rural areas and provides cost-effective modeling of heights in large areas.
The high-speed networking capabilities of 5G find application in several sectors such as agriculture, transportation, urban planning, and so on. The benefits of 5G combined with the accuracy of GIS can deliver the best experience in smart cities. The trend of 5G is just entering the world and will soon become the norm, bringing countless benefits such as safe and well-networked transport systems, improved connectivity, faster downloads, and enhanced communication between the citizens and authorities.
For faster and error-free planning and deployment of 5G technologies location data is crucial. SBL can support the 5G network deployment with its advanced mapping and high GIS software. We assure reliable data at a minimum turnaround time.
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