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1 Year Campus Network Planner - Unbroken high response and new 26 GHz planning aid

The Communication Networks Institute, along with the Competence Center 5G.NRW is responding to the very large response and the encouragement of now more than 9200 users, consisting of infrastructure manufacturers, network operators and primarily industrial and municipal users, and is now integrating, in addition to the new overview of previous allocation holders, a planning aid for the frequency allocation started at the beginning of the year by the Federal Network Agency for local, broadband frequency usage in the 24.25 - 27.5 GHz frequency range.

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Local broadband at 26 GHz

At the beginning of the year, the Federal Network Agency launched the frequency allocation process in the frequency range at 26 GHz (24.25 - 27.5 GHz). Similar to the already available frequency range of 3.7 - 3.8 GHz, interested users of the 26 GHz frequency are allocated the area-specific frequencies via an application procedure with the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). The main difference to the frequency range at 3.7-3.8 GHz is that 26 GHz allows public use for fixed wireless access applications. The 5G Campus Network Planner now also determines the expected allocation fee for allocations in the new mmWave frequency range, taking into account the applicant's needs with regard to the planned area, bandwidth and runtime. A total bandwidth of 3250 MHz is available, although the BNetzA does not impose a limit on the requested bandwidth, but assumes that the requested bandwidths will be a maximum of 800 MHz based on the currently available equipment parameters.

The updated 5G Campus Network Planner now initially enables the frequency selection of the targeted allocation and then determines the expected allocation fee, taking into account the frequency-dependent fee formula for local broadband. As an additional planning aid, the user is provided with a PDF download after finalization, which summarizes the costs, parameters, and additionally the area vector (=polygon course). Try it out directly and take advantage of new planning aids for local broadband in the 26 GHz frequency range: https://5g.nrw/campusnetzplaner.

Overview of published allocation holders

Already at the end of September 2021, the Competence Center 5G.NRW integrated the allocation holders published by the Federal Network Agency into the 5G Campus Network Planner as an optional display. Since then, the list of frequency allocation holders, which is updated by the BNetzA on a monthly basis, is now taken up and displayed in the 5G Campus Network Planner if approved by the allocation holder. To date, a total of 106 applications for allocation of frequencies for local 5G networks have been submitted and 102 allocations of frequencies for local 5G networks have been granted by the Federal Network Agency (as of Jan. 15, 2021). With the start of the application process for local, broadband spectrum usage in the 24.25 - 27.5 GHz frequency range, the BNetzA will publish an equivalent overview for local, broadband spectrum usage at 26 GHz. In this context, all applications for allocation received by March 31, 2021, are to be considered submitted at the same time (tag-one procedure). An overview will be made available in April 2021 at the earliest and subsequently also taken up in the 5G Campus Network Planner.

1 year campus network planner - a usage statistic

More than a year has now passed since the release of the 5G Campus Network Planner in January 2020 in version 1.0. Since the last analysis of the user statistics on 20.04.2020 (cf. 100 Days Campus Network Planning Tool), the number of cumulative visitors has risen to over 9250 users, of which over 3700 users have been identified as unique users (as of 03.02.21, cf. fig.1). This reflects the unbroken and consistently high response to the 5G Campus Network Planner offering.

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Figure 1: Number of cumulative visitors since the release of the 5G Campus Network Planner until today (03.02.2021).

Despite the orientation and the clear focus of the Competence Center 5G.NRW on the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, only about half of the registered users are distributed in NRW and the rest in the entire federal territory (see Fig. 2). The strong use throughout Germany and increased inquiries outside NRW confirm the high acceptance of the planning aids offered.

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Figure 2: Percentage distribution of users of the 5G Campus Network Planner among the federal states

The Competence Center is pleased about the consistently positive feedback and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the lively interest in the Campus Network Planner offer. We will be happy to support you in the future with an extended offer for the planning of your 5G campus network.

Try it out directly and take advantage of new planning aids for local broadband in the 26 GHz frequency range: Click here.