Next-Generation Network Planning With Raster Mapping

The critical role of raster mapping in fueling the telco networks of tomorrow

Network planning at 5G speed

It was dubbed ‘4G Long Term Evolution’ for good reason. From the start, it was clear that fully implementing 4G communication systems was going to take time for many reasons, including the fact that the available equipment and computing technologies were not yet capable of fully delivering on the promise. In comparison, 5G is more like “The Big Bang.” 5G network deployment and end-user device upgrades are happening with unprecedented speed. Intense competition is pressurizing the race to secure the best tower sites and most profitable customers. Any delays, any errors in deployment factors such as siting or modeling for Radio Frequency (RF) propagation can quickly result in escalating costs as well as lost revenues and customers.

The challenges of 5G network deployment are multi-faceted and multi-layered, both figuratively and literally. Just the sheer number of technical factors that need to be considered can be mind numbing. For example, 5G’s extremely short mmWave signals have a much shorter effective range, are more susceptible to multipath distortions and local interference, and are also more severely attenuated by buildings, landscapes, and weather conditions. While technologies such as beamforming and MIMO transmission can surmount these problems, deploying them properly requires encoding and analyzing a much greater volume and granularity of spatial data points and details.  Precisely can help customers gain insight by integrating raster mapping capabilities into your decision-making process.

Network planning involves much more than engineering the deployment of the physical technology. The resulting network must be a robust and extensible platform for enabling current and future service offerings, which means planning and deployment are not one-time efforts. Use raster mapping to identify and respond to infrastructure changes on the ground, network capacity requirements, and your customers’ ever-shifting service and Quality of Service demands.

Read this eBook and learn more about how successful raster mapping, network planning, and deployment depend on your ability to analyze huge volumes of raster file-based GIS data, in both spatial and temporal contexts.


Raster Data: Fueling the Telco Networks of Tomorrow
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