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FET finishes POC for drone-based 5G 3D spatial network optimization

Post Date 2020.05.20From:Max Wang, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES

Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has disclosed it has completed proof of concept (POC) for drone-based 5G 3D spatial network optimization, a project intended to optimize spatial coverage of its 5G network.

The project uses drones equipped with instruments to undertake 360-degree measurement of signals transmitted from 5G base stations and analyze sources of signal interference, FET explained. The measurement and analysis are combined with in-house big data and AI analysis to make 3D modeling of 5G signal coverage as reference for optimal deployment of 5G base stations and real-time hiking efficiency in operation and maintenance of 5G network, FET indicated.

While 2G to 4G signals are measured on roads, such 2D measurement is insufficient to meet demand for measuring 5G signals characterized by broad bandwidth, low latency and huge volume, FET said.

FET plans to kick off 5G commercial operation in third-quarter 2020 and will install several thousand base stations around Taiwan by the end of the year.

FET in 2019 cooperated with US-based Amdocs and Taiwan-based drone maker GeoSat Aerospace & Technology to demonstrate drone-based extension of 5G signal coverage for disaster relief, and test interference of 5G signals by high-rise buildings.