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Technological enablers of the IEEE wireless metropolitan area network (IEEE 802.16)

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Soong, A.C.K. ; CDMA Syst., Ericsson Inc., Boulder, CO

There has been keen interest in the literature recently on the IEEE wireless metropolitan area network (MAN) developed within IEEE 802.16. Through the use of flexible physical layer features and medium access control (MAC) layer mechanisms, this system can be used to deliver broadband voice and data into areas that may have a wide range of population densities, cell radii, propagation environments, and quality of service (QoS) requirements. The physical layer provides flexibilities of time or frequency domain duplexing, multiple bandwidths, adjustable subchannelization, scalable OFDM formats, adaptive coded modulation, and advanced antenna system. The IEEE 802.16 MAC layer offers a connection-oriented service to upper layers of the protocol stack. The QoS of each connection takes one of four levels: constant bit rate grant, real time polling, non-real-time polling, and best effort. The MAC layer also offers packing, fragmentation and ARQ. The MAC privacy sublayer performs authentication, key exchange and encryption of MAC packet data units. The MAC convergence sublayers at the top of the MAC enable Ethernet, ATM, TDM voice and IP (Internet Protocol) services to be offered. This presentation will endeavor to provide a high level overview of the system. It will discuss, from an information theoretic point of view, the key enablers of the system

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Quality of Service in Heterogeneous Wired/Wireless Networks, 2005. Second International Conference on

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24-24 Aug. 2005