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The 5G network: What is important when it comes to expansion?




Machine learning, Industry 4.0, virtual reality and augmented reality: the expansion of the 5G network has long been important not only for mobile customers. For cars to drive autonomously, machines to exchange information along supply chains, and cities to benefit from smart infrastructures, huge amounts of data need to be transported smoothly. The fifth generation of mobile communications must be the basis for this.


Planning the 5G network well


When people talk about the 5G network, they are basically referring to three different application areas: ultrafast mobile broadband, machine-to-application communication, and reliable services with low latency.


Regardless of the scope, the following applies: Strategic planning decides whether the network of the future is cost-effective and meets the requirements of the digital switchover.


Creating synergies, plugging dead spots


In order for homes, highways, and railways to have at least 100 Mbit/s by 2022, synergistic network expansion needs to be planned. While this is not something that can be done overnight, it can be achieved over time.


For this to be an achievable goal, then this means that during the transition and expansion, it is important that existing available structures are utilized. Based on this, the points of need must also be pinpointed and investment requirements determined at an early stage. With all this already planned, the necessary expansion begins.


The standard 5G network


Unlike tables and statistics that require a lot of maintenance and at the same time are so costly, intelligent maps offer an accurate display of technical data, socio-demographic, spatial, structural, or economic information. This information is collected at a glance and regardless of the device used. Context analysis facilitates the planning, administration and documentation of fixed, cable, and cellular network infrastructures.


This is how strategic network planning works

On the transition path to the high-speed 5G network, it is important to identify areas of expansion that are considered to be an ideal blueprint. In addition, there is a need to analyze customer potential, compare development options, evaluate planning projects and make forward-looking decisions.


The complexity of strategic network planning requires an integrative system that converts data into information, represents future scenarios in a comprehensible way, minimizes investment risks and ensures a transparent exchange between the company and the public. Geographic information systems do just that and pave the way to converged infrastructures.


So as to conclude. While this is a complex transition that will take time, it is possible to achieve this goal with dedicated work in order to provide the right service to all customers.


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