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Unique research tool sheds light on one of telecom operators’ best-kept secrets

Years of research from imec and Ghent University culminate into a technology and vendor agnostic 4G and 5G RAN design tool

Summary

The deployment of a wireless network is a complex undertaking that needs to be prepared for meticulously. 

At the origin of a successful and economically viable cellular network lies an architecture of antennae and base stations striking an optimal balance between coverage, cost, and EMF constraints. 

Margot Deruyck from WAVES (an imec research group at Ghent University) explains how years of research have culminated into a unique radio access network (RAN) design tool; an instrument that helps operators (and regulators) anticipate 4G’s and 5G’s RAN deployment challenges.