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Prototyping directional UAV-based wireless access and backhaul systems

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109626
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 201913 Dec 2019


Conference2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019
CountryUnited States


Providing sufficient mobile coverage during mass public events or critical situations is a highly challenging task for the network operators. To fulfill the extreme capacity and coverage demands within a limited area, several augmenting solutions might be used. Among them, novel technologies like a fleet of compact base stations mounted on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are gaining momentum because of their time- and cost- efficient deployment. Despite the fact that the concept of aerial wireless access networks has been investigated recently in many research studies, there are still numerous practical aspects that require further understanding and extensive evaluation. Taking this as a motivation, in this paper, we develop the concept of continuous wireless coverage provisioning by the means of UAVs and assess its usability in mass scenarios with thousands of users. With our system-level simulations as well as a measurement campaign, we take into account a set of important parameters including weather conditions, UAV speed, weight, power consumption, and millimeter- wave (mmWave) antenna configuration. As a result, we provide more realistic data about the performance of the access and backhaul links together with the practical lessons learned about the design and real-world applicability of the UAV-enabled wireless access networks.