Selection Step 3b: Components of an Appropriate Last Mile Connectivity Solution

Financial Viability: Access Network Design and Technologies

The technology options that are viable in the access network are determined by population size, geographic area and topographical features. Small areas with high population density may be served by localized technologies such as Wi-Fi. Wide areas, however, may need cellular network coverage or direct satellite connectivity to the premise. Similarly, mountainous terrain with limited line-of-sight options between radios may require more complex network design and/or the use of non-line-of-sight technologies.

Table 29: Access network options based on area and geographic features