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Network architecture and signaling for wireless personal communications

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A distributed microcellular architecture based on the IEEE 802.6 Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is proposed, and is shown to meet anticipated personal communications service (PCS) needs. A method is presented to calculate MAN coverage in urban areas, and is used to demonstrate coverage of approximately 50 city blocks per MAN. A distributed subscriber database architecture is proposed to facilitate call setup, tracking of roamers and handoffs. To fully utilize MAN bandwidth, a quick method for the heat stations to switch on/off isochronous slots is proposed to facilitate adaptation to PCS traffic level variations. Call setup and handoff procedures are detailed. The PCS signaling overhead is calculated to be 15% of the capacity required to carry voice traffic

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 6 )