Zyxt: A network planning tool for rural wireless ISPs

Thomas Pötsch, Barath Raghavan, Salman Yousaf, Jay Chen

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Abstract

Rural areas are home to 45% of the world’s population and are neglected in the design and deployment of broadband Internet access. Beyond establishing connectivity, the planning and design of networks in these areas is often challenging because the complexity of planning such networks often exceeds the knowledge and practical expertise of individuals - even individuals that are experts in this field. Yet, proper planning and efficient network designs are critical to the long term viability and scalability of such networks. In this paper, we highlight the challenges that lone operators who lack sufficient technical support and tools must face when designing and deploying their networks. We then present a network planning tool, Zyxt, that aims to help individuals in planning rural wireless networks. We describe the design and implementation of our prototype and evaluate it against synthetic and real-world planning problems. Our evaluation demonstrates that Zyxt is able to solve real-world network planning problems using relatively modest computing resources within a few hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358163
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 20 2018
Event1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018 - Menlo Park and San Jose, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2018Jun 22 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018

Other

Other1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityMenlo Park and San Jose
Period6/20/186/22/18

Keywords

  • Network deployment
  • Network planning
  • WISP networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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