Is wireless broadband provision to rural communities in TV whitespaces viable? A UK case study and analysis

Kawade, Santosh and Nekovee, Maziar (2012) Is wireless broadband provision to rural communities in TV whitespaces viable? A UK case study and analysis. Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DYSPAN), 2012, Bellevue, WA, USA, 16-19 Oct. 2012. Published in: 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks. IEEE ISBN 978-1-4673-4447-0

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Abstract

In this paper we quantitatively investigate the feasibility of rural broadband provisioning TV whitespaces from the perspective of a fixed-line operator. We consider a hybrid architecture where wireless broadband to not-spots is provided using point-to-multipoint whitespace links at the end of the existing fixed-line infrastructure connectivity points, such as an Exchange or a Cabinet. Our techno-economical studies incorporate real whitespace availability; population density and the location of Exchanges in the UK, along with costs related to infrastructure, backhaul, and sites, which were often overlooked in previous studies. The study findings indicate the provision of rural broadband in TVWS spectrum is a technically and commercially highly feasible solution. This is because our proposed solution not only eliminates the cost of the spectrum, by using whitespaces, but also other dominant costs, i.e. site procurement, build and backhaul costs can be greatly reduced by reusing existing infrastructure. Our modeling and analysis methodology is applied to UK but could be extended elsewhere.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Rural Brodband, Wireless Communications, Radio Spectrum, Broadband, Fixed Wireless Acces
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Advanced Communications, Mobile Technology and IoT (ACMI)
Depositing User: Maziar Nekovee
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 11:40
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 11:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85988
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