Network Deployment for Rural Area
According to GSMA's recent analysis, there are approximately 600 million people worldwide without mobile internet connections, especially in rural and remote areas in developing countries. From a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) perspective, these undeveloped areas are not economically attractive because a large number of base stations have to be deployed to cover the sparsely distributed population. The poor cost-to-coverage business scenarios result in low return on investment (ROI) for MNOs. Many Tier One infrastructure vendors conduct research and help MNOs provide cost-efficient site solutions. However, these solutions can hardly offer MNOs a sufficient average revenue per user, especially in lower-income countries.
In collaboration with its telecom industry partners, Facebook Connectivity recently trialed and analyzed its new SuperCell solution in various rural areas to solve this problem. Instead of providing network coverage with conventional cellular solutions, SuperCell leverages a single base station up to 250 meters high with high-gain radio antennas to provide …
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