Quality of Service Assessment of Opportunistic Spectrum Access: A Medium Access Control Approach

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Executive Summary

Opportunistic Spectrum Access (OSA) is a promising new spectrum management approach that will allow coexistence of both licensed and opportunistic users in each spectrum band, potentially decreasing the spectrum licensing costs for both classes of users. However, this has significant implications on the QoS experienced by the licensed and opportunistic spectrum users. In this paper, the authors investigate how tolerant to secondary user activity a licensed user should be so as to provide dependable communication with sufficient QoS to an opportunistic user. They also look at key multichannel MAC features for such OSA networks proposed in the literature, and discuss how the design of control channel management affects the QoS of opportunistic users as a function of the tolerance of licensed users.

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