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In two reports we explore geospatial considerations when planning for 5G and the environment on millimetric radio waves.

Report 1: 5G Planning – geospatial considerations: A guide for planners and local authorities

This guide focuses on how the man-made and natural environment impacts the propagation of 5G mmwave signals and what network planners and local authorities need to consider when planning a new network.

It aims to provide a comprehensive approach to help assess the environment being considered for deployment, identifying which geospatial features are important to consider, how to identify them and, where new features need to be captured, which techniques and associated indicative costs may be involved to assist planners in budgeting.

Report 2: The effect of the built and natural environment of millimetric radio waves

This report highlights the significance of appropriate spatial planning to make a 5G network cost effective, including high-resolution geospatial data integrated with a range of other information types (particularly meteorological data) served via a functionally-rich planning tool.

This research demonstrates the impact on performance of 5G networks from physical features not currently considered in network planning, including street furniture and vegetation, and the important role that weather conditions play. The solution recommended in this report (a combination of data and software) is an essential prerequisite to opening higher frequencies for 5G use – not just in the UK, but globally.