Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

David Reed

Second Advisor

Douglas Sicker

Third Advisor

Martin Taschdjian

Fourth Advisor

Thomas Schwengler

Fifth Advisor

Revital Sterling

Abstract

This dissertation addresses the research question: What is the broadband roadmap for introducing broadband services to unserved areas in the Andes and Amazon Regions of Peru? Detailed technical and engineering cost analyses are conducted for evaluating the deployment and operation of wireless broadband local access networks for a 10-year period in two scenarios in the Andes and Amazon regions of Peru, in the context of the Peruvian National Broadband Plan, using current wireless broadband technologies (Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE, TVWS) and new stratospheric platforms (super-pressure balloons). These analyses show that based on current spectrum policies LTE is the lowest cost option. Current available spectrum policies and alternatives to enable more spectrum for new access network deployments are also proposed. Finally, a technology broadband roadmap for the 10-year period is presented, which includes using stratospheric balloons (carrying micro-LTE base stations) for the first years, and deploying complementary terrestrial LTE networks for the rest of the 10-year period.

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