EDX Wireless is proud to introduce their latest 5G RF Planning Module. The latest addition to SignalPro enables RF engineers to plan their 5G networks for any use case and spectrum
Working closely with the 3GPP standards and ITU-R /IMT-2020 use cases, we have created a robust 5G module that will fulfill the needs of any RF engineer
The feature set includes;
5G Frequency bands, FRI (4.1 GHz to 7.125 GHz) & FR2 (24.25 GHz to 52.6 GHz)
Full support of the Low, Mid and High bands, 0.4 to 100 GHz
5G defined SCS per frequency band.
5G Empirical Propagation models
o All scenarios as per series 38.
Support of Massive MIMO configurations
Supported 5G and custom enabled adaptive modulation.
5G New Studies
o Receive to remote
o Single Channel Throughput UL
o Single Channel Throughput DL
Carrier Aggregation, Modeling per sector.
5G IMT-2020 have defined 3 use cases that tackle industry issues, these being enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), Ultrareliable low-latency communications (ULRCC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC)
Each of these use cases tackle the business problems of different market verticals. In the times where social media, streaming and smart applications have become a part of everyday life, it also becomes imperative the mobile operators, city municipals and vendors are able to handle the increasing traffic demands and new demographics.
Consider the common use case, where an influencer streams videos to followers and in exchange the followers engage back, this user requires high data rates to stream seamlessly and possibility over a wide coverage area (mobility of user) this is the eMBB use case. Where data hungry consumers require a more reliable connected experience preferably across many applications.
The most interesting is that the eMBB use case is an extension of services first enabled by 4G LTE networks, that allows for a high data rate across a wide coverage area. Which is why this particular use case is seen deployed more than the rest. As per GSMA “ C-band is the primary band for 5G network and it has the large bandwidth making it perfect for 5G eMBB services”
Here is a diagram from IMT-2020 for 5G Requirements and how these use cases fit
One big factor of 5G is acquiring spectrum to fit your needs. The spectrum used will enable planners to provide areas with specific needs coverage, whilst using equipment such as MIMO to obtain the desired data rates and coverage foot print
These frequencies range as the following;
Low band: 410 MHz to 1 GHz.
● Limited capacity with large area coverage and indoor penetration.
● Peak data rate tops out at approximately 200 Mbps.
● Required to create greater equality between urban and rural broadband connectivity
Mid-band: 1 GHz to 7 GHz.
Good for urban deployment with increased capacity.
Peak data rate tops out at approximately 2 Gbps.
The majority of commercial 5G networks are relying on spectrum within the 3.3-3.8 GHz range
High band: 24 GHz to 100 GHz (mmWave).
Limited coverage with potential for very high capacity.
Peak data rate tops out at approximately 10 Gbps.
To plan your 5G network the 5G module of SignalPro should be used. Whether it is sub 6 or mmWave frequency , apply any FR1 and FR2 requirements for the spectrum you own, bandwidth, SCS, numerology, along with your vendor MIMO configurations and equipment to represent the most accurate propagation and study analysis on different areas (rural, urban etc.)