As next generation communication technologies emerge, new high data rate applications and high-definition large-screen video streaming have become very popular. As a result, network traffic has been increasing so much that existing backhaul networks soon will not be able to support all traffic demands. To support these needs in future 6G mobile systems, the establishment of an additional backhaul wireless network is considered essential. As one of the solutions, a wireless backhaul network based on an aerial platform has been proposed. In order to explore the potential of aerial platforms as wireless backhaul networks, in this paper, the categories for wireless backhaul networks based on aerial platforms are investigated. This paper includes a survey of the definitions and characteristics of low altitude platforms (LAPs) and high altitude platforms (HAPs), as well as channel models according to the atmosphere. For wireless backhaul network designs based on aerial platforms, altitude and platform selection options, deployment options, energy issues, and security based on target location and performance were considered in the analysis and investigation.
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Acknowledgement: This work was supported by Institute for Information & communications Technology Promotion (IITP) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2019-0-00685, Free space optical communication based vertical mobile network).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Modelling and Simulation
- Mechanics of Materials
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering