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Evaluating the real-world performance of 5G fixed wireless broadband in rural areas

Abozariba, Raouf; Davies, Eleanor; Broadbent, Matthew; Race, Nicholas


Raouf Abozariba

Eleanor Davies

Nicholas Race


Rural communities are often neglected in the rollout of communication infrastructure, delaying or even preventing the delivery of common digital services that are now ubiquitous in modern society. Addressing this technological gap is of paramount importance. In this paper, we analyze the performance of two new and emerging 5G networking technologies, each capable of overcoming some of the challenges present in rural environments. Our analysis is based around a series of deployments of TV White Space (TVWS) and millimetre wave (mm Wave) technologies across rural parts of the UK. These deployments are enhanced with a custom designed monitoring platform that includes adaptive streaming video clients that enable the accurate assessment of end-user quality of experience. Our findings demonstrate that TVWS solutions, which operate on an unlicensed TV band, have clear potential for providing stable broadband services in those areas. Our results also show that although mmWave-based solutions can provide sub-gigabit-speed, they are vulnerable to excessive rainfall and are limited to short line-of-sight usage, making them less applicable to deployment in irregular terrain.


Abozariba, R., Davies, E., Broadbent, M., & Race, N. (2019). Evaluating the real-world performance of 5G fixed wireless broadband in rural areas. In 2019 IEEE 2nd 5G World Forum (5GWF) (465-470).

Conference Name 2019 IEEE 2nd 5G World Forum (5GWF)
Conference Location Dresden, Germany
Start Date Sep 30, 2019
End Date Oct 2, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 28, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2022
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages 465-470
Book Title 2019 IEEE 2nd 5G World Forum (5GWF)
Keywords mm Wave, TVWS, Wireless Broadband
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