Social media data mining to help fix wireless UK black-spots with 5G rollout

Published on 29th July 2019

Cambridge – 30 July:  Ranplan Wireless is collaborating with the University of Warwick on a project funded by the UK’s Geospatial Commission, part of the Cabinet Office, to identify wireless blackspots to support the rollout of 5G and help improve urban and rural coverage. The COCKPIT-5G project will use crowd black-spot intelligence sourcing and social media techniques along with sophisticated real-time natural language processing to curate consumer data and build up an accurate connectivity map of the UK.

With the start of the 5G rollout in the UK, new cell sites are being planned to address the problems of service blackspots with poor or no signal at all and meet the demand for new services to support autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and the growing digital economy. Enhancing 5G coverage to all areas of the UK moves towards the UK Government’s ambition to become a global leader in 5G communication technologies.

The COCKPIT–5G project leverages the latest and best cutting-edge advances in social media viral campaigns and natural language machine learning to automatically build a database of blackspots and their geospatial and contextual information by understanding the consumer experience in real-time.

“The aim of the project is to use customer centric data to improve network deployment efficiency and increase user satisfaction,” said Jie Zhang, Chief Scientific Officer at Ranplan. “The vision is for 5G wireless networks to self-regulate as this is the future of managing complex ‘on demand’ connectivity in dense environments. By being able to identify coverage blackspots means that operators can also more precisely determine where to place additional small cells to ensure quality of service and save on CAPEX.”

Dr Weisi Guo, from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick, said, “COCKPIT-5G will enable the UK to be world-leaders in new technologies by getting 5G coverage in black-spots. Businesses will be better connected, which in turn improves manufacturing, and we can enhance AI and the development of autonomous vehicles.”

Ranplan Wireless

Ranplan Wireless is an innovative wireless technology company that has developed the World’s only solution that can plan, design and optimise inbuilding and outdoor wireless networks in coordination. Our solutions enable us to help an ecosystem of companies deploy the next generation of wireless networks for a range of applications in urban environments, supporting multiple technologies such as 4G LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi and IoT, providing end users with an unmatched quality of experience.

Ranplan Wireless is a subsidiary of Ranplan Group AB (Nasdaq First North: RPLAN) whose head office is in Stockholm, Sweden. The group operates out of offices in the UK, US and China.

UK’s Geospatial Commission

The Geospatial Commission is an impartial, expert committee within the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, set up in April 2018 and supported by £80 million of funding. The Geospatial Commission aims to champion and elevate the UK’s strength as a geospatial world leader that coordinates the generation and facilitates the use of domestic geospatial data, products and services across the private and public sectors. The Commission is developing the UK’s national geospatial strategy that it will publish at the end of this year. It is running a range of projects to inform the strategy development.

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