Analytical Framework for the Capacity and Delay Evaluation of Next-Generation FiWi Network Routing Algorithms

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Toward the vision of complete fixed-mobile convergence, a plethora of wireless, integrated optical-wireless, multipath, and energy-aware routing algorithms were proposed for legacy EPON/WLAN-mesh based bimodal Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) broadband access networks. In this paper, the authors present the first comprehensive analytical framework for providing deeper insights into the capacity and delay performance of routing algorithms in next-generation FiWi networks based on emerging powerful optical and wireless technologies such as long-reach 10+ Gb/s TDM/WDM PONs and Gigabit-class VHT WLANs.