Mobility

A Survey on Radio-and-Fiber FiWi Network Architectures

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Executive Summary

The ultimate goal of Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) networks is the convergence of various optical and wireless technologies under a single infrastructure in order to take advantage of their complementary features and therefore provide a network capable of supporting bandwidth-hungry emerging applications in a seamless way for both fixed and mobile clients. This paper surveys possible FiWi network architectures that are based on a Radio-and-Fiber (R&F) network integration, an approach that is different compared to the Radio-over-Fiber (RoF) proposal. The survey distinguishes FiWi R&F architectures based on a three-level network deployment of different optical or wireless technologies and classifies them into three main categories based on the technology used in the first level network.

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