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The Role of Location Intelligence in the 5G Technology Rollout

April 1, 2019
By: Jason Holte

5G technology is coming. Read on to learn how location intelligence will both facilitate and benefit from the rollout.

After years of anticipation, the next generation of mobile communication is finally becoming a reality. With several manufacturers talking about the upcoming technology, 5G-ready smartphones were one of the main talking points at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

5G Technology and Location Intelligence

For telecom companies, the 5G rollout has developed into an arms race of sorts. All major carriers in North America have already debuted their 5G prowess, and more comprehensive deployment of the service is expected to begin in the second half of the year.

Offering speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, the wireless internet offered by 5G will easily be 10 times faster than 4G LTE mobile connectivity. Beyond bandwidth, 5G will also provide several improvements in network coverage and reliability. Simply put, 5G will be a game-changer in the truest sense of the word.

Let’s start by taking a look at how 5G technology will influence our everyday lives, business operations, and even government relations. Next, we’ll evaluate the infrastructure needed to make wide-scale 5G access a reality. And finally, we’ll discuss the natural relationship between location intelligence and 5G.

The Impact Of 5G Technology On Our World

For Consumers

Anything a user does on a smartphone will become quicker and better. For example, downloading a full-length HD movie on a 5G connection will take only seconds. Live streams and video calls will become lag-free. Cloud-based, multiplayer gaming will also reach new heights in a zero-latency environment.

For Businesses

Fast data transmission and uninterrupted connectivity will unleash a new wave of innovation for businesses, impacting virtually every industry – connected automobiles, retail, smart healthcare, automation-led manufacturing and distribution, education, and entertainment to name a few. Just like nobody could have imagined business models like Uber and Spotify before the advent of 4G, the potential for disruption and digital transformation as a result of 5G technology is limitless.

A study commissioned by chipmaker Qualcomm quantifies the economic impact of 5G for a broad range of industries. According to this study, by 2035, businesses will be able to produce over $12 trillion worth of goods and services by leveraging 5G. Additionally, the 5G value chain will support as many as 22 million jobs and boost real global GDP growth by $3 trillion, per the study.

For Governments

A huge transformation is on the way for the public sector as well. 5G will allow municipalities to leverage the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine connectivity, leading to effective smart city solutions. 5G will facilitate everything from infrastructure monitoring and resource management to smart traffic surveillance, emergency management, and improved public safety. And since governments will be able to deploy more digital services, citizen engagement will also improve.

5G will make our world more efficient and sustainable. But getting there will not be possible without a massive upgrade to the mobile communications infrastructure.

5G Infrastructure Requirements

The wireless infrastructure 5G requires is radically different from that used by existing 4G LTE technology. To achieve the speed and coverage capabilities of 5G, telecommunications operators need to undertake network densification on an enormous scale.

For starters, carriers need to add thousands of small cell towers and antennas to their digital infrastructure. In the United States alone, telecom companies are expected to invest approximately $275 billion in 5G infrastructure deployment, a study by management consulting firm Accenture has determined. While doing so, these operators not only need to precisely identify the most profitable cell site locations, they also must be able to monitor and visualize their infrastructure in real-time while understanding any natural hazards that could negatively impact their service. And none of this can be achieved without a robust location intelligence platform.

Location Data and 5G Technology: What’s the Connection?

Location intelligence and 5G technology are natural partners. For example, accurate location data is essential for making sense of the near real-time data being generated by smart sensors. At the same time, 5G technology itself is poised to bring greater accuracy to location data and GPS positioning services.

This is the perfect storm that should finally propel us into a hyper-precise world where effectively leveraging location data will become key to achieve the next level of productivity and efficiency. And as is already the case, mobile devices will continue to be the primary consumption method for data.

The 5G-Ready DMP Location Intelligence Platform

At Digital Map Products, we recognize the importance of this trend and have moved to a mobile-friendly interface for our map-based real estate application, LandVision™. Homebuilders, land developers, and commercial real estate brokers can use LandVision to swiftly view parcel boundaries and property information in the field, and they can also add notes and photos they capture on a site visit directly to a property. On a 5G connection, conducting onsite property analysis will become even quicker. Brokers in particular will be able to deliver property insights to their clients almost instantaneously, strengthening their relationships with lessees and tenants alike.

As mentioned before, location technology and data are also crucial to effectively managing the infrastructure demand created by 5G technology. The extensibility of LandVision makes it a powerful application for not only planning new coverage areas, but also for maintaining existing service territories. Using LandVision, telecommunications companies can easily import and visualize their existing coverage maps and the location of their existing assets. This allows them to easily identify any gaps in their existing coverage, and with the help of demographic data like population density and growth metrics, they can also prioritize areas in need of new 5G infrastructure.

Finding property ownership information for 5G technology rollout

LandVision also empowers telecom providers to search for suitable locations to house new infrastructure. Where new rooftop assets are necessary, a provider can search based on building characteristics such as number of stories and year built. Telecom companies can also overlay hazard information to mitigate risk in their site selection process. LandVision also provides comprehensive ownership information enabling acquisition teams to enter into negotiations for a desired site.

With a close watch on the advent of 5G technology and the ways in which it can be leveraged, we are on a mission to provide the resources that telecommunications companies need to effectively navigate a large-scale rollout. Schedule a free demo today to see LandVision in action, or contact us to learn more!

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