Coverage Extension of WiMax Using Multihop in a Low User Density Environment
Source: Institut fur Nachrichtentechnik
The usage of multihop transmission enables a cost efficient extension of the coverage of a base station (BS) especially in low user density environment. In this paper, a network consisting of BSs and fixed Subscriber Stations (SSs) is considered in which the SSs are capable to act as Relay Stations (RSs). SSs connected to a BS forward the traffic to SSs at the cell border not having a direct link to a BS. The IEEE 802.16 (WiMax) standard defines a mesh mode enabling multihop transmission and communication between SSs. In this paper, the connectivity of a cellular multihop network based on IEEE 802.16 is analyzed. The maximum number of hops of a connection is limited to two.