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The concept of wireless ATM is now being actively considered as a potential framework for next generation wireless communication networks capable of supporting integrated multimedia services with different QoS requirements. Several key subsystem design issues for wired ATM and wireless networks needs to be readdressed in the scope of the wireless ATM, which has the capability to extend the statistical multiplexing of wired ATM network into the wireless medium. One of the key subsystem issues is the development of appropriate Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol. The extension of the ATM network into wireless environment faces many interesting problems. The original ATM network was designed for high speed, noiseless, and reliable channels. None of these characteristics are applicable to the wireless channel.
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