Track 3: 5G Infrastructure Preparedness

Maximize Cost Savings and Reduce Time in Planning and Design for Your 5G Wireline and Wireless Network Expansion

September 26, 2019 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

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Chad Smith



There is no debate that 5G will require increased cell density, need for higher bandwidth and low latency fronthaul and backhaul fiber networks. With that, we know that deploying the required fiber infrastructure will be expensive, so it will be critical for wireline and wireless broadband service providers to minimize the cost of those fiber deployments. Network planners can make the difference by using intelligent, automated design software to efficiently plan high quality and constructable networks that make use of existing fiber and civil infrastructure. Using intelligent software, network planners and designers can focus on those areas where they make a real difference and thus, create more cost-effective designs faster. There are significant potential cost savings that can be explored with smart, automated solutions and experienced planners, but those cost savings will be lost if that cost optimized plan is not constructable. By incorporating GIS landbase, 3D data (possible wireless obstacles), candidate cell sites and existing, reusable network and civil infrastructure with a defined set of rules for wireless spectrum and cell target coverage, the plan, design and build costs for new 5G fronthaul and backhaul fiber networks (greenfield or brownfield) can be significantly reduced and assure the network can be constructed as designed.