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Despite the appearance of uniform availability of mobile services, in many locales granular network analyses reveal the persistence of physical access divides. In this work, we conduct a cellular measurement study in the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Our findings show that, even in the limited confines of a refugee camp, coverage patterns and bandwidth availability differ significantly both within and between the networks of three mobile cellular carriers. We also explore a hybrid cellular system, informed by the measurement campaign, designed to alleviate user-facing resource congestion on commercial cellular networks using a non-cooperative local cellular network.
Paul Schmitt is a postdoctoral research associate at CITP. Paul’s research interests span the areas of wireless network systems design, and network measurement and performance analysis, particularly in challenging network environments.