Date Added: Dec 2009
Telecommunication network operators, service providers, and end users are all expecting higher capacities, increased reach and improved service experience, for existing and new services at an acceptable cost. Multiple links for simultaneous utilisation by a single user is an attractive way forward. It differs from other approaches in boosting capacity and coverage as it may use completely different and already existing types of networks such as mobile, broadband and broadcast networks at the same time. This paper first presents the benefits from such an approach, primarily the ability to make better use of the available networks on a dynamic basis, to increase the available aggregate capacity and improve utilization, extend the geographical coverage, or manage resources on a larger scale for higher efficiency.