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This paper presents a performance analysis of best effort support over the MAC protocol proposed in the IEEE 802.16 standard. The authors focus on the uplink channel since it is the critical element for efficient delivery of services on demand to individual users (i.e., Best Effort service). They describe a modeling approach and derive the resulting analytical model. Such a model allows them to efficiently compute network throughput. They test this model by means of computer simulations which are also reported in this paper. Simulation results and theoretical computations showed a close agreement, thus validating the model.
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