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The last decade has experienced a development in wireless communications. New wireless technologies give people more convenience and freedom to connect to different communication networks. In this paper, the authors give an overview of using High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) for providing wireless telecommunication and broadband communication services. Comparisons of HAPs, satellite and terrestrial systems are shown to illustrate unique characteristics of the system. Three architectures for HAP systems are discussed in terms of cooperation with terrestrial and satellite systems. Telecommunication, broadband and disaster applications of HAPs are shown based on system scenarios.
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