Neutral hosting as a rural mobile network solution

Paul, Greig (2021) Neutral hosting as a rural mobile network solution. In: 30th European Conference on Networks and Communications, 2021-06-08 - 2021-06-11. (In Press)

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    Rural mobile phone coverage has become an increasing priority for users and mobile network operators, as well as in all levels of government. With the roll-out of 5G networks set to do little to improve coverage in rural areas, alternative models of service provision need to be explored in rural areas as a matter of priority as plans to deprecate of 2G and 3G mobile networks in the UK and other countries are formed, or indeed executed. This session outlines the key challenges posed in delivery of rural mobile network coverage, and how active infrastructure sharing (commonly known as neutral hosting), combined with working with local communities, can deliver solutions to rural connectivity.

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