Granular Information a Necessity for Network Planning Changes in the 5G Era

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By Dean Tan | 4Q 2021 | IN-6375

 

Mobile Network Planning Optimization in the 5G Era

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In the deployment of mobile networks, mobile network operators (MNOs) need to design and plan their resources (e.g., spectrum and radio equipment). 5G has introduced new market opportunities in the enterprise space as well as new higher frequency bands (>3x GHz bands and millimeter-wave) for mobile network operators. Based on ABI Research’s studies, it is expected that 5G outdoor mobile infrastructure annual shipment units for radio (both macro and small cells) will reach about 14.7 million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 37.7% from 2021. For mobile network operators an important step is to perform network planning prior to its deployment. Network planning helps to set the optimal allocation of resources (e.g., number of cell sites) based on a set of criteria (e.g., capacity and/or coverage). Network planning has more commonly work based off metrics such as the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), often with static geospatial datapoints. In the 5G era, with the advent of new technologies, network Radio Frequency (RF) planning will need better capabilities to optimize t…

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