UNLOCKING RURAL AND REMOTE COVERAGE WITH SMALL CELLS AND SATELLITE

Arid Zone Journal of Engineering, Technology and Environment

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Title UNLOCKING RURAL AND REMOTE COVERAGE WITH SMALL CELLS AND SATELLITE
 
Creator Abdullahi, U. S.
Longman, F. S.
Christopher, T. T.
Adesina, L.
 
Subject Rural and or Remote Coverage
Small Cells
Satellite
Backhaul
Capacity
Coverage
 
Description According to the Global System for Mobile Alliance (GSMA), in 2017, there were around 3.3 billion people connected to the mobile Internet. This represented an upward surge in global coverage compared to previous years. However, more than one billion people are still not covered by mobile broadband networks, representing what is termed “the coverage gap”. Uncovered populations typically live in rural locations with low population densities, low per-capita income levels and weak or non-existent enabling infrastructure, and thus, closing the mobile coverage gap seems to be more of an economic challenge, than a pure technical one. This paper presents an overview of the need for rural and remote coverage, both from an operator and consumer as well as government perspective. It then presents the major challenges, and necessary actions to be taken by industry, Government and other stake-holders to drive rural and remote coverage by significantly lowering the cost of network roll-out and increase incentives for such deployments. The paper therefore, presents a technical and business case for the use of “Small Cells” in conjunction with satellites with a view to opening up huge markets via collaboration between the mobile operators and satellite system owners, while offering significant improvements in the coverage and capacity needs of remote, rural or underserved end-users in a cost-effective and scalable manner. Detailed insights to these two technologies are presented, including the innovations to overcome technical and regulatory challenges. Lastly, some real-life deployments are given and the paper concludes with some recommendations for Government and network operators presented.
 
Publisher Faculty of Engineering, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
 
Date 2019-10-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Identifier http://azojete.com.ng/index.php/azojete/article/view/659
 
Source Arid Zone Journal of Engineering, Technology and Environment; Vol 15 No SPi2 (2019): AZOJETE - Centre for Satellite Technology Development Special Issue: Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development; 75-90
2545-5818
1596-2490
 
Language en
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Arid Zone Journal of Engineering, Technology and Environment
 

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