Powertec Wireless Technology launches 4G/5G National Coverage Model

Powertec Wireless Technology Pty Ltd

Tuesday, 21 May, 2024

Powertec Wireless Technology launches 4G/5G National Coverage Model

Powertec Wireless Technology (Powertec) has introduced its National Coverage Model (NCM), a cloud-based platform used to analyse the coverage and performance of Australia’s 4G and 5G networks.

The platform is the first of its kind, according to the company. It is designed to provide a true, high-resolution snapshot of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone 4G/5G networks across the country and out to sea. With an intuitive and familiar interface, users can check and compare mobile coverage for any location in the country.

NCM enables technology professionals to plan, deploy and optimise wireless solutions reliant on 4G and 5G connectivity right from their web browser. For consultants and property developers, the platform provides insights into the availability and speed of 4G and 5G mobile networks, whether the task is understanding mobile coverage of a new subdivision, drone BVLOS flight planning or identifying blackspots along a traffic corridor.

Powertec says the NCM offers a comprehensive suite of features, including:

  • Coverage checking: Type in an address or GPS coordinates to check the availability of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone 4G/5G at that location.
  • Signal strength prediction: Obtain a signal level estimate (RSRP), based on real-world data, with a single click.
  • Mobile data speed prediction: Understand the performance capabilities of the 4G or 5G network, and how data speed is impacted by terrain, vegetation and buildings between the user and the tower.
  • Identify best and alternative serving cell towers: Understand which tower is providing signal to a location, along with alternatives for effective emergency outage and disaster planning scenarios.
  • Elevation profile, distance and direction to serving cell: Plan technology deployment with detailed information on terrain and distances, and optimal antenna height and azimuth for aiming equipment at the tower.
  • Report preparation: Graphical mapping features allow for the easy generation of connectivity reports, including the ability to assess sites in bulk.

“The Powertec team is proud to be building technologies that help change the way our nation connects,” said Doug Pukallus, Chief Technical Officer at Powertec. “Australia is an incredibly big place, and the connectivity challenges that our remote communities face can be vastly different to those in dense urban areas, and different still to those working in construction and mining projects.

“It has been an absolute privilege to develop the NCM. I am excited to see how our valued partners put it to use in both solving our country’s connectivity challenges and developing new technologies from its insights.”

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