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A. Chaoub et al., "6G for Bridging the Digital Divide: Wireless Connectivity to Remote Areas," in IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 160-168, February 2022, doi: 10.1109/MWC.001.2100137

6G for bridging the digital divide : wireless connectivity to remote areas

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Author: Chaoub, Abdelaali1; Giordani, Marco2; Lall, Brejesh3;
Organizations: 1National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT), Morocco
2Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
3Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
4Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India
5Poznan University of Technology’s Institute of Radiocommunications, Poland
6National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil
7Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
8University of Oulu, Finland
9Bennett University, India
10Department of Algorithms, ZTE Corporation
11Basic Internet Foundation
12University of Oulu
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022
Publish Date: 2021-09-22


In telecommunications, network service accessibility as a requirement is closely related to equitably serving the population residing at locations that can most appropriately be described as remote. Remote connectivity, however, would have benefited from a more inclusive consideration in the existing generations of mobile communications. To remedy this, sustainability and its social impact are being positioned as key drivers of the sixth generation’s (6G) research and standardization activities. In particular, there has been a conscious attempt to understand the demands of remote wireless connectivity, which has led to a better understanding of the challenges that lie ahead. In this perspective, this article overviews the key challenges associated with constraints on network design and deployment to be addressed for providing broadband connectivity to rural areas, and proposes novel approaches and solutions for bridging the digital divide in those regions.

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Series: IEEE wireless communications
ISSN: 1536-1284
ISSN-E: 1558-0687
ISSN-L: 1536-1284
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
Pages: 160 - 168
DOI: 10.1109/MWC.001.2100137
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
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