Mobility

Scalability Analysis of Multi-tier Hybrid WiMAX-WiFi Multi-hop Network

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Executive Summary

Multi-tier, multi-hop network architecture with integrated WiMAX-WiFi radio interfaces offers an alternative means of delivering broadband wireless access services to mass users rapidly and cost-effectively. Besides providing wireless backhaul in places where wired backhaul infrastructure is not ready or too expensive, such architecture can also take advantage of the complementary features offered by the two diverse technologies. Such architecture however inspires a wide range of complex and interdependent design considerations covering network topology formation, number of radios per node, ratio between WiMAX and WiFi radio/node, number of hops at WiFi multi-hop tier and so on.

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