Virtual Cellular ISPs

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Abstract

Achieving reliable cellular connectivity in rural areas is a challenge for several reasons: lack of economic incentives for telecom providers; high deployment and maintenance costs; low purchasing power; poor and unreliable power infrastructures; poor backhaul support; and lack of ground expertise. .is paper proposes the design, implementation and deployment of the Virtual Cellular ISPs (VC-ISP), a ground-up cellular network architecture that enables third-party vendors to o.er cellular coverage and mobile services to rural areas in an extensible manner. Unlike conventional monolithic cellular network architecture, the VC-ISP model enables a distributed (and potentially disjointed) collection of open, programmable cellular base stations to communicate using a novel intermi.ency-aware naming and addressing mechanism. .is system enables VC-ISPs to provide reliable service with graceful recovery from failures under harsh network conditions. VC-ISP o.ers support for deploying local applications. Here, we demonstrate the technical viability of the VC-ISP model using a real-world 3- node VC-ISP deployment, including installation of a solar-powered cell tower in rural Ghana and additional emulation experiments in controlled environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSMARTOBJECTS 2017 - Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Smart Objects, co-located with MobiCom 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages35-40
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351416
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 2017
Event3rd Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Smart Objects, SMARTOBJECTS 2017 - Snowbird, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2017 → …

Publication series

NameSMARTOBJECTS 2017 - Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Smart Objects, co-located with MobiCom 2017

Other

Other3rd Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Smart Objects, SMARTOBJECTS 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySnowbird
Period10/16/17 → …

Keywords

  • Cellular Network
  • Naming and Addressing
  • Reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Ahmad, T., & Subramanian, L. (2017). Virtual Cellular ISPs. In SMARTOBJECTS 2017 - Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Smart Objects, co-located with MobiCom 2017 (pp. 35-40). (SMARTOBJECTS 2017 - Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Experiences with the Design and Implementation of Smart Objects, co-located with MobiCom 2017). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3127502.3127515