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    Exploiting Wind-Turbine-Mounted Base Stations to Enhance Rural Connectivity

    Matracia, Maurilio and Kishk, Mustafa A. and Alouini, Mohamed-Slim (2021) Exploiting Wind-Turbine-Mounted Base Stations to Enhance Rural Connectivity. IEEE Communications Magazine, 59 (12). pp. 50-56. ISSN 0163-6804

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    Despite global connectivity being one of the main requirements for future generations of wireless networks driven by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, telecom providers are economically discouraged from investing in sparsely populated areas, such as rural and remote ones. Novel affordable and sustainable paradigms are thus indispensable to enhance the cellular infrastructure in such areas and bridge the digital divide when compared with urban ones. We investigate the use of wind-turbine-mounted base stations (WTBSs) as a cost-effective solution for regions with high wind energy potential, since it could replace or even outperform current solutions requiring additional cell towers (CTs), satellites, or aerial BSs. Indeed, conveniently installing BS equipment on wind generators would allow the transceivers to reach sufficient altitudes and easily establish line-of-sight channels within large areas. We also propose insightful simulation results for realistic case studies based on datasets for wind speed and population densities as well as wind turbines' and CTs' locations within specific Argentinian and Ethiopian exurban regions. By doing this, we hope to prove the feasibility and effectiveness of this solution and stimulate its implementation.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Matracia, M., Kishk, M.A. & Alouini, M. 2022, "Exploiting Wind-Turbine-Mounted Base Stations to Enhance Rural Connectivity", .
    Keywords: Base stations; Simulation; Transceivers; Wind energy; Wind speed; Wind turbines; Wireless network;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 17589
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    Depositing User: Mustafa Kishk
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2023 13:39
    Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Communications Magazine
    Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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