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We try to give some perspectives on likely trends in future wireless broadband networking. The treatment is an exploration of some technologies; due to the requirement to cover the topic from a broad perspective, it is not possible to go into technical details. We review current developments toward future mobile broadband networks, and then present the 4G paradigm of trying to combine heterogeneous networks, both cellular wireless hotspots and sensor networks, together with Internet protocols. We show how different networks play their own roles in the emerging infrastructure so that we can hop by hop wave the broadband network from mobile devices toward the fiber optic core network.
Date of Publication: Mar 2004