PI: Dr. Moazam Maqsood
Funding: PKR 15.2M (IGNITE)
This project is aimed at providing internet services to remotely located areas within Pakistan. People nowadays consider the internet as one of the basic necessities of life. This is because internet allows them with one platform where they can socialize, exchange information, share knowledge as well as buy/sell their services and products. However, there are a lot of countries especially in the Asian and African market where people are unable to access it. This is probably because a huge investment is required for the terrestrial infrastructure deployment but since there is a huge customer base in these areas, big companies like Facebook, o3b and Google are making efforts to bring internet to these markets. HAPs are one of the platforms that can be used for fast deployment of telecom infrastructure. It is preferred over traditional terrestrial infrastructure because of larger coverage area support as well as is less affected from the hostile environment. The same is also preferred over the satellite due to less development cost.
Moreover, the same HAP can be equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) like transmitters in order to provide a navigation solution to the users. The navigation payloads will transmit timing signals in the L-band which the receiver can decode in order to find its precise location. The constellation can also be used as a disaster management network in the absence of the primary wired network.