A method for constructing and utilizing a distributed data communication network that will meet its performance specifications in the most economical and efficient manner. The steps of the method include clustering terminals based on their proximity and traffic; selecting backbone node sites based on cost; designing the access network composed of terminals, concentrators, backbone nodes and the links between them; generating a backbone link topology; and determining routes in the backbone given the backbone topology and a traffic matrix.
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Inventor(s) Michael O. Ball
, Paul Nemirovsky