The Alluring Promise of 5G

Imagine a world in which high-speed internet is available everywhere, writes Wim van Wegen in his latest column. Perhaps you’ve just ticked skydiving in the Grand Canyon off your bucket list and are keen to share the breathtaking video footage with your family and friends back home (even if they live in a rural backwater). Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transfer gigabytes of data to any corner of the planet in the blink of an eye, using just your smartphone? Not so long ago this indeed belonged in the realms of science fiction, but it is now... (read more)
2019-01-29 02:54:18

5G Promotes Prosperity of Low-airspace Economy

Faster and Cheaper Surveying and Monitoring
Based on an assessment of all the geomatics-related trade events in the world, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) service-provider sector is growing faster than any other. Companies in that sector are particularly interested in the evolution of 5G because it can boost their quality of service and innovation. In turn, the regulations will mandate the ability to transmit real-time hyper-local geodata between local authorities and drones used in urban areas. Low-airspace services must not only be very efficient, but also safe. 'GIM International' spoke to Aleksandar Aydemirski, 5G principal engineer and drone specialist at Huawei in Germany, to... (read more)
2019-04-09 01:56:43

ESA Leads Drive into 5G Positioning Future

A pair of testbed vehicles went out on the road in Germany to simulate the way we are all likely to be using 5G positioning services in the future. The field test focused on assessing the performance of highly precise ‘hybrid’ satellite/terrestrial positioning for autonomous vehicles, drones, smart cities and the Internet of Things. The two vehicles were driven for a week around Munich and the surrounding area in a variety of environments, from the open-sky terrain surrounding the German Aerospace Center DLR’s site in Oberpfaffenhofen to the deep urban canyons of the city’s dense Maxverstadt district. As they drove... (read more)
2019-10-03 09:30:38

High-quality Aerial Imagery Helps to Unlock 5G Networks

Telecommunication operators are working at full speed to bring the 5G network to life. Most operators are currently at the signal propagation planning stage and are defining optimal locations for the network nodes. Although widely used for the planning of 3G/4G networks, digital surface models generated from satellite images are insufficient for 5G antenna positioning. Another source, with required high-resolution data, is now available for the USA and large parts of Europe and Canada. 5G is the next generation of wireless network technologies. For 5G to become reality, however, significant and fundamental changes need to be made to current network... (read more)
2019-03-26 10:04:57

Geospatial Joint Venture to Help Plan Roll-out of European 5G Network

Land Info Worldwide has assembled a team of renowned geospatial companies to help plan the roll-out of 5G networks across Europe. Land Info is already the premier provider of mapping solutions for 5G wireless in North America, using machine learning and artificial intelligence to meet the demanding mapping specifications of network design. It hopes that by working with aerial mapping company Bluesky International in the UK and Hexagon’s HxGN Content Program team in continental Europe, it can extend this reach in the 5G industry internationally. “Our international team, comprising Bluesky and Hexagon, will give 5G wireless operators in Europe direct... (read more)
2020-03-03 04:30:53

NTT DATA Launches 3D Digital Map Package for 5G Network Planning

NTT DATA, an IT services provider, has announced the launch of AW3D Telecom for 5G, an advanced 3D digital map package that leverages high-quality satellite imagery for the planning of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, effective immediately. AW3D for 5G is expected to be used by telecom carriers, network vendors and IoT companies engaged in businesses involving 5G networks. Commercial 5G services via fixed wireless access networks launched in the USA in 2018 and will begin operating in Japan, South Korea, the UK and Australia in 2019. Accurate 3D models are crucial for designing 5G networks, which use millimetre-spectrum waves... (read more)
2019-02-28 10:49:30

3D Network Planning Solution to Slash Costs of 5G Build-out

HERE Technologies, Shields and Infosys have announced that they are collaborating on a powerful and cost-effective way to perform 5G network design and deployment. The new solution, to be demonstrated at MWC this week, is designed to help enterprises including mobile network operators (MNOs) save both time and money when performing 5G radio frequency planning. The companies estimate that it would enable enterprises to reduce the time to identify real-estate acquisition for 5G small cells as well as cut the cost of radio-frequency design by more than 40%. The solution is an innovative blend of technologies. It embeds machine learning... (read more)
2019-02-27 04:12:15

5G Wireless Network Design Relies on 3D Aerial Data

The development of fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) is spreading rapidly around the world. The initial improvement of up to 10x in speed and 400x in latency, as well as a much larger capacity for simultaneous users, will create endless opportunities for autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the future, by using additional spectrum, speed improvements could reach 100x and enable applications that we have not even imagined yet. To maximize performance of new 5G networks, telecommunication operators require high-resolution 3D data to develop signal propagation plans and select ideal locations for small antenna... (read more)
2020-09-28 10:42:42

ESA Issues Call to Demonstrate Positioning and Timing Capabilities of 5G Networks

ESA has launched a call for proposals to demonstrate the capabilities of new 5G cellular networks to support positioning and timing applications to complement satellite navigation, just as today’s smartphones harness cellular data to support their positioning services. It is well known that the coming of 5G will bring higher speed, larger traffic capacity and ultra low-latency (or signal delay) communications. But 5G will also usher in a range of new possibilities for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). The various PNT 5G use cases will be presented during an information webinar on 21 October. Urban canyons The 5G networks will... (read more)
2020-10-09 11:21:53

Bluesky and Esri UK Partnership Supports 5G and Full Fibre Networks

Bluesky, an aerial mapping company, and Esri, a global leader in spatial analytics, have come together to offer a range of software, services and data to help telecoms companies roll out the next generation of mobile and broadband services. A package of ArcGIS software, Esri UK services and high-resolution aerial photography and data from Bluesky will help the industry design and plan 5G and fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks more quickly and cost effectively. “Demand for wireless coverage and faster broadband connectivity is increasing exponentially in the UK and telecoms companies are investing billions of pounds in the installation of new wireless and... (read more)
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