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Bridging the Digital Divide

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posted on 2023-09-01, 19:00 authored by Maurilio MatraciaMaurilio Matracia, Aniq Ur Rahman, Ruibo Wang, mustafa kishk, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Digital divide refers to the gap between populations at different socio-economic levels with respect to their access to the Internet and communication technologies in general.

In this chapter, we summarize the recent developments aimed at bridging such inequality from a technical and economic standpoint.

After a preliminary discussion on alternative backhaul paradigms, we focus on space-, air-, and ground-based communication paradigms, as well as their integration.

Subsequently, we discuss the affordability of these solutions, as it is primarily the economic aspect which hinders digital inclusion.


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