Implementing Solar-Powered HAPS for Rural broadband Connectivity: Concepts, Challenges & Mitigation

Anicho, Ogbonnaya and Charlesworth, Philip B and Baicher, Gurvinder S and Nagar, Atulya (2020) Implementing Solar-Powered HAPS for Rural broadband Connectivity: Concepts, Challenges & Mitigation. In: IEEE GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (GHTC 2020), October 29 - November 1, 2020, October 29-November 1, Seattle, WA. (Accepted for Publication)

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This paper examines the implementation of solar-powered High Altitude Platform Stations(HAPS) for rural broadband connectivity. It outlines some technical considerations and concepts associated with implementing HAPS as a communications infrastructure. To realise the potentials of
solar HAPS for rural broadband connectivity, some key technology, business and policy questions must be addressed. For instance, to meet service demands, the solar-HAPS platform must remain aloft for long periods without running out of power (endurance), which is a technology challenge. Also relevant are non-technology issues like fitness-for-purpose and business viability, which are often overshadowed by technology problems but yet consequential. An aggregation and analysis of these implementation concepts may be helpful for both technology and policy decisions in the bid to address rural connectivity gaps.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information and Comments: This paper was accepted for presentation at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Seattle, WA, 2020.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Ogbonnaya Anicho
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 13:01
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 13:01

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