Mobility

Coverage Extension by Means of Non-Conventional Multi-Hop Communications

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Executive Summary

This paper analyzes the benefits that can be obtained by using opportunistic multi-hop extensions in terms of coverage extension of traditional network deployments. The authors assume that there are some devices acting as relaying entities, so as to allow others reaching an Access Element, in those situations in which a direct connection is not possible. Two different network deployments are used for this analysis: in the first one, an a priori planning is not assumed and, therefore, the Access Elements are randomly deployed, thus leading to a rather poor connectivity; on the other hand, in the second case, the Access Elements are placed according to an array deployment, thus maximizing the covered area.

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