Challenges and Opportunities of Future Rural Wireless Communications [article]

Yaguang Zhang, David J. Love, James V. Krogmeier, Christopher R. Anderson, Robert W. Heath, Dennis R. Buckmaster
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Broadband access is key to ensuring robust economic development and improving quality of life. Unfortunately, the communication infrastructure deployed in rural areas throughout the world lags behind its urban counterparts due to low population density and economics. This article examines the motivations and challenges of providing broadband access over vast rural regions, with an emphasis on the wireless aspect in view of its irreplaceable role in closing the digital gap. Applications and
more » ... tunities for future rural wireless communications are discussed for a variety of areas, including residential welfare, digital agriculture, and transportation. This article also comprehensively investigates current and emerging wireless technologies that could facilitate rural deployment. Although there is no simple solution, there is an urgent need for researchers to work on coverage, cost, and reliability of rural wireless access.
arXiv:2108.05405v1 fatcat:mpzkfdgrxvclfnhbfxr425kxbe