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dc.contributor.authorKishk, Mustafa Abdelsalam
dc.contributor.authorBader, Ahmed
dc.contributor.authorAlouini, Mohamed-Slim
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-24T13:36:51Z
dc.date.available2019-12-24T13:36:51Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/660817
dc.description.abstractAirborne base stations (carried by drones) have a great potential to enhance coverage and capacity of cellular networks. Multiple scenarios and use cases will highly benefit from such technology such as (i) offloading terrestrial base stations (BSs) in dense and urban areas, and (ii) providing coverage for rural areas. However, one of the main challenges facing the deployment of airborne BSs is the limited available energy at the drone, which limits the flight time. In fact, most of the currently used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can only operate for one hour maximum. This limits the performance of the UAV-enabled cellular network due to the need to frequently visit the ground station to recharge, leaving the UAV's coverage area temporarily out of service. In this article, we propose a new UAV-enabled cellular network setup based on tethered UAVs (TUAVs). In the proposed setup, the TUAV is connected to a ground station (GS) through a tether, which provides the TUAV with both energy and data. This enables a flight that can stay for days. We describe in detail the components of the proposed system. Furthermore, we enlist the main advantages of a TUAV-enabled cellular network compared to typical untethered UAVs. Next, we discuss the potential applications and use cases for TUAVs. Finally, we discuss the challenges, design considerations, and future research directions to realize the proposed setup.
dc.publisherarXiv
dc.relation.urlhttps://arxiv.org/pdf/1906.11559
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to arXiv
dc.titleCapacity and Coverage Enhancement Using Long-Endurance Tethered Airborne Base Stations
dc.typePreprint
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
dc.eprint.versionPre-print
dc.contributor.institutionInsyab Wireless Limited, Dubai 1961, United Arab Emirates
dc.identifier.arxivid1906.11559
kaust.personKishk, Mustafa Abdelsalam
refterms.dateFOA2019-12-24T13:37:30Z


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