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Improving radio network deployment ROI through trust-based design with high-resolution, high-accuracy 3D geodata maps to reach a desired confidence target. Using high-resolution geodata as the foundational input for network simulation and predictive analysis achieved total site reduction of 21% to 32% when compared to traditional low-resolution geodata, significantly affecting capital allocation and network design decisions. FUTURE-PROOF YOUR NETWORKS WITH NEXT-GEN 3D GEODATA white paper info@maxar.com maxar.com 5G is a common topic these days. The goal is to provide high capacity and fast, reliable connections over very wide areas, and this will require a mix of frequencies. One band might be appropriate for rural areas, but other, higher-range bands, like millimeter wave (mmWave), are best for dense parts of cities, as they bring much higher speeds but less coverage span. New and multiple frequencies complicate things, and so do the new radio techniques that come with them. New business cases like enhanced mobile broadband, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), connected vehicles and massive Internet of Things will also require their own robust coverage needs. Radio planners have much to consider. Managers must carefully control and secure their 5G radio network investments. Radio planning for previous technologies, like 2G, 3G and 4G, was "simple" and did not require detailed predictive analysis to assure simulated coverage matched reality, so low-resolution 2D geodata was sufficient to create propagation predictions. For 5G and FWA, service providers can't plan in the same ways they used to; nor can they use the same lower-resolution 2D or 2.5D geodata they already have. Successful planning and deployment will rely on having geodata inputs that precisely mirror the real world over large-scale areas—including high- resolution clutter classification for granular attenuation values as well as precise shapes and heights of obstruction features like buildings and vegetation, for urban, suburban and rural morphologies—in full 3D. 5G and FWA require something new and different. It's about solving the equation of the multiple-frequencies mix, new radio propagation techniques and complex current and future business cases. Because of these added complexities and the exponential densification of the network needed to support these new technologies, it has become increasingly difficult for network planners to assure that networks are not over- or under-designed, resulting in higher expenses or longer time to market. To solve this complex equation for network planners, Maxar creates the most accurate 3D digital twins of Earth. Accuracy of the geodata and building shapes and heights are especially critical to deployments in urban areas (e.g., mmWave) when looking at signal propagation characteristics through and around building objects, as well as determining fixed receiver locations (e.g., FWA). Maxar uses patented imagery processing algorithms with big data and artificial intelligence techniques with automation to generate high-resolution and high-accuracy 3D geodata maps at large scale. This next-generation geodata becomes the centerpiece of network planning, used in conjunction with tuning and propagation soware to create future radio network simulations that are as close to reality as possible.

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