Hybrid Wireless-Optical Broadband Access Network (WOBAN): Prototype Development and Research Challenges

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Executive Summary

Hybrid Wireless-Optical Broadband Access Network (WOBAN) is emerging as a promising technology to provide economical and scalable broadband Internet access. In this cross-domain network architecture, endusers receive broadband services through a wireless mesh front-end which is connected to the optical backhaul via gateway nodes. In this paper, the authors present the architecture and functional characteristics of a WOBAN prototype built in the Networks Lab. at UC Davis. They cite some research challenges on hybrid networks based on their experimental observations.

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