Statistical Analysis of Broadband Wireless Links in Rural Areas

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Executive Summary

Third-Generation (3G) cellular systems are often considered as a promising strategy for high-speed internet deployment in rural areas. However, bandwidth in 3G systems is a limited resource and can be quite different from the advertised bandwidth. In addition, in wireless applications such as voice over IP, video-conference, remote monitoring and telemetry (e.g., for healthcare applications) the Quality of Service (QoS) is critical. It is therefore important to understand how different factors affect the QoS requirements of real-time applications. Focusing on the reverse link (or uplink), it performed an assessment of the bandwidth and packet loss rate in a real network environment, using test data collected with two wireless data cards from different providers, in both rural and urban locations.

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