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High Speed Broadband Internet through Free Space Optics for Rural Areas

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Reference Number: FSO-MI-2018-2-PhD

Project Summary:
In this project, we aim to design, a high-speed, low cost, Free Space Optics (FSO) link that will be capable of providing high-speed broadband internet to rural areas without fibre cables.

Specific Requirements of the Project


Matlab, Design of analogue and digital electronics, signal processing and FPGA

Project Aims and Objectives


Most of the cities in UK now enjoys a good level of broadband internet services, using superfast fibre media. However, still many businesses and people living in rural areas who have very slow broadband speed as they rely dial-up cable connections. Modern and expensive infrastructure is required to provide fast fibre-based broadband in rural areas, which is not economically viable. In this project, we aim to design, a high-speed, low cost, Free Space Optics (FSO) link that will be capable of providing high-speed broadband internet to rural areas without fibre cables.
In this project, the aim and deliverable of this research work is to investigate experimentally, the following fundamental parameters of FSO: (i) Atmospheric channel effects (fog, turbulence, aerosols) on the performance of FSO links. To achieve this, a dedicated indoor atmospheric chamber of length 5 metre will be designed to produce and mimic controlled fog, aerosols and turbulence conditions, (ii) The link distances for rural area broadband internet applications
And (iii) The speed (data rates) for rural area broadband internet applications.

Project is open to: Home/EU and overseas

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