High-Altitude Platforms Cellular System for Sparsely Populated Areas

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Yasser Albagory 1,* Fahad Al Raddady 1

1. College of Computers and Information Technology, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijcnis.2014.04.02

Received: 27 Jun. 2013 / Revised: 11 Oct. 2013 / Accepted: 26 Dec. 2013 / Published: 8 Mar. 2014

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Cellular Communications, High altitude platforms, directional antennas, phased antenna arrays


In this paper, the cellular communications using high altitude platform (HAP) will be discussed including the coverage analysis and design. The cells are analyzed showing the main parameters affecting its shape, layout and area which are important in the cellular design stage. This HAP cellular system is very important to cross the gap of difficult extension of ground infrastructure especially for sparsely populated areas needing communications services. The system design is explained where the footprint of the HAP cell is demonstrated and the overall cellular layout is established. As a case study, the coverage of the HAP cellular system is proved to cover some areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) using several scenarios such as populated as well as long highways passing through desert areas. The HAP cells are generated using spot-beam antennas which are practically candidate. The simulation results show that a single HAP can provide hundreds of microcells for urban areas while covering very long highways that can extend to several hundreds of kilometers which is very useful in covering the long highways linking sparsely separated cities in KSA.

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Yasser Albagory, Fahad Al Raddady, "High-Altitude Platforms Cellular System for Sparsely Populated Areas", International Journal of Computer Network and Information Security(IJCNIS), vol.6, no.4, pp.13-20, 2014. DOI:10.5815/ijcnis.2014.04.02


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