A MAC Layer Abstraction for Heterogeneous Carrier Grade Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

Providing carrier grade services to a large number of mobile users is becoming an important challenge for wireless network operators. One promising solution for offering cost-efficient alternatives compared to classical cellular approaches is the use of wireless mesh networks along with the use of heterogeneous radio technologies. In this paper, the authors propose a MAC abstraction layer to lessen the management burden of heterogeneous radio technologies. This abstraction layer is intended to hide the complexity and specifics of different wireless interfaces, this way supporting the use of a single set of routing and capacity handling mechanisms.

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