Power-Aware Opportunistic Downlink Scheduling in IEEE 802.16 Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

The IEEE 802.16 is a standard for fixed and mobile Broadband Wireless Access (BWA). In this paper, the authors deal with two key challenges of 802.16-based networks. First, terminals close to cell edge experience poor channel quality, due to severe path-loss and high interference from concurrent transmissions in nearby cells. To address this issue, they propose a framework based on a static partitioning of bandwidth into chunks with different transmission power levels. Terminals with impaired channel conditions can then benefit from being allocated a higher amount of transmission power than the others. Secondly, transmissions should be scheduled according to Quality of Service (QoS) requirements to keep users with real-time video or voice calls satisfied, while best-effort connections should fairly share the remaining capacity.

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