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Throughput and Delay Fairness Through an Agile Medium-Transparent MAC Protocol for 60GHz Fiber-Wireless LAN Networks

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Executive Summary

The authors demonstrate a novel Medium-Transparent MAC (MT-MAC) protocol with enhanced end-user service delivery fairness properties for use in Gbps capable, 60 GHz Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) LAN networks. Their approach relies on incorporating a Client Weighted Algorithm (CWA) in the optical capacity allocation mechanism employed in the MT-MAC scheme, so as to distribute the available wavelengths to the different antenna units according to the total number of active users served by each individual antenna. The protocol's throughput fairness characteristics are confirmed through extensive simulations for different end-user's distributions, varying traffic loads and multiple optical wavelength availabilities at 1Gbps data rates.

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