Skip to content

What is 5G?

Although following in the footsteps of 4G, 5G tech will be very different, and location data will be vital to its success.

For 5G, the ‘fifth generation’ of mobile network technology to work, location is key. Connectivity will depend on placing access points correctly; knowing what’s physically in the way of signals, and where you are in relation to them.

Ordnance Survey (OS) knows the built and natural environment like no-one else. With our enriched mapping, showing critical public assets such as hospitals, stations and urban areas, you’ll get insight on capacity, so you’ll be clearer on your data demand. 

We also extract key features such as lamp posts, telecom cabinets, bus shelters and areas of vegetation, which can all affect 5G coverage. And through integrating additional data, understanding the location of other ‘inhibitors’ such as market stalls and bus routes, building heights and even surface materials can also help optimise your service provision.

5G will rely on many more high frequency bands, where signals can only travel much shorter distances. For this to be effective, access points will need to be placed much closer together – hundreds of metres instead of several kilometres.

Suddenly, the exact location of every lamp-post fitted with an access point could be needed to maintain 5G connections.

OS will have a big part to play in the 5G rollout and beyond. We’ll deliver up-to-date location information with pinpoint accuracy to ultimately help improve coverage and connectivity for everybody.

Contact us

Get in touch with us if you want more information.