NTT DATA Launches Advanced 3D Digital Map Package for 5G Network Planning

“AW3D Telecom for 5G” Now Available

(TOKYO:9613), a leading IT services provider, announced today
its launch of “AW3D Telecom for 5G,” an advanced 3D digital map package
that leverages high-quality satellite imagery for the planning of
fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, effective immediately. AW3D for
5G is expected to be used by telecom carriers, network vendors and IoT
companies engaged in businesses involving 5G networks.

Commercial 5G services via fixed wireless access networks launched in
the USA in 2018 and will begin operating in Japan, South Korea, the UK
and Australia in 2019. Accurate 3D models are crucial for designing 5G
networks, which use millimeter-spectrum waves that are highly sensitive
to interference from natural and manmade objects. Buildings, trees,
bridges, flyover roads, etc. need to be expressed precisely in 3D models
and incorporated in network-planning software. Highly accurate and
detailed 3D digital maps also support on-sight investigations and the
optimal placement and tuning of network infrastructure.

NTT DATA, a leading provider of global elevation data with its AW3D
series, has designed AW3D Telecom for 5G to work seamlessly with
standard wireless network design software used widely for radio
frequency (RF) simulation purposes. It expresses buildings, trees,
bridges and other objects in vector format and digital elevation models
are offered with 1m- or 2m-resolution in raster format.

The new solution incorporates NTT DATA’s multi-view technology, which
uses more than 10 images to calculate each elevation and an advanced
machine-learning algorithm supported by artificial intelligence (AI) for
image processing. It enables the capture of detailed objects, such as
structures on building roofs and individual trees on streets, to build
advanced datasets for highly precise 5G planning.

“3D models are vital for designing and implementing 5G infrastructure by
mobile carriers and other wireless network operators,” said Katsuichi
Sonoda, vice president and head of NTT DATA’s Social Infrastructure
Solution Sector. “Our advanced dataset is specialized for designing 5G
networks, which will help these companies optimize their infrastructure
investments and accelerate 5G deployments worldwide.”

In the future, NTT DATA will expand the market for AW3D Telecom for 5G
to companies offering IoT, autonomous driving, drones and virtual
reality products and services that depend on 5G networks. NTT DATA will
provide such companies with complete solutions to help them develop more
sustainable and future-proof businesses and expand their use of
geospatial information in new markets.

NTT DATA will present AW3D Telecom for 5G at MWC19 Barcelona from
February 25 to 28, joining other NTT subsidiaries and affiliated
companies in Hall 3, Stand 3D31.

Data Layers of AW3D Telecom for 5G

Data type   Data layer   Comment
3D polygon Building, trees, bridges, etc. 3D vector model expresses shapes and heights of objects


Clutter, digital land use (DLU) Land-use classification map for analysis of radio propagation and
Digital height model (DHM) Height model in raster format (“2.5D model”)
  Digital terrain model (DTM)   Bare-earth elevation model without building, etc. heights

Specifications of AW3D Telecom for 5G

Item   Resolution  




  Data format   Target area  


3D polygon data 2m 1m to 2m TAB or SHP Any 5G deployment area, including urban 25km2
Raster data 1m or 2m BIL, MRR, or BIN
Base map     from 2.5m     SHP, etc.    

About AW3D
AW3D is the world’s most precise, pre-produced
global digital elevation model covering all land spaces with 5-meter
resolution, developed and sold jointly with the Remote Sensing
Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC). AW3D has been used in over 800
projects in more than 100 countries across the globe mainly in emerging
countries in Asia and Africa, contributing to infrastructure, disaster
prevention and much more.
For more information, visit

“AW3D” is a registered trademark of NTT DATA and RESTEC in Japan, and a
registered trademark of NTT DATA in Europe (EUTM) and the United States.

About NTT DATA Corporation
NTT DATA is a leading IT services
provider and global innovation partner headquartered in Tokyo, with
business operations in over 50 countries. Our emphasis is on long-term
commitment, combining global reach with local intimacy to provide
premier professional services varying from consulting and systems
development to outsourcing. For more information, visit


For further information
(Ms.) Yuki Shinohara, (Mr.) Hide
Shiraishi, or (Mr.) Ervi
Social Infrastructure Solution Sector,
Social Innovation Division
1st Sales and Marketing Group
DATA Corporation

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