Effect of AWGN & Fading (Raleigh & Rician) Channels on BER Performance of a WiMAX Communication System

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Executive Summary

The emergence of WIMAX has attracted significant interests from all fields of wireless communications including students, researchers, system engineers and operators. The WIMAX can also be considered to be the main technology in the implementation of other networks like wireless sensor networks. Developing an understanding of the WIMAX system can be achieved by looking at the model of the WIMAX system. This paper discusses the model building of the WIMAX physical layer using computer MATLAB 7.5 versions. This model is a useful tool for BER (Bit Error Rate) performance evaluation for the real data communication by the WIMAX physical layer under different communication channels AWGN and fading channel (Rayleigh and Rician), different channel encoding rates and digital modulation schemes which is described in this paper.

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