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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Paul Schmitt – Hastily-built Connectivity: A Case Study of Mobile Access in Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd Floor Open Space
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This talk will not be livestreamed or videotaped.

No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

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.