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Fixed Mobile Convergence Architectures for Broadband Access: Integration of EPON and WiMAX [Topics in Optical Communications]

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3 Author(s)
Gangxiang Shen ; Melbourne Univ., Melbourne ; Rodney S. Tucker ; Chang-Joon Chae

EPON and WiMAX are two promising broadband access technologies for new-generation wired and wireless access. Their complementary features motivate interest in using EPON as a backhaul to connect multiple dispersed WiMAX base stations. In this article we propose four broadband access architectures to integrate EPON and WiMAX technologies. The integrated architectures can take advantage of the bandwidth benefit of fiber communications, and the mobile and non-line-of-sight features of wireless communications. Based on these integrated architectures, we elaborate on related control and operation issues to address the benefits gained by this integration. Integration of EPON and WiMAX enables fixed mobile convergence, and is expected to significantly reduce overall design and operational costs for new-generation broadband access networks.

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IEEE Communications Magazine  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 8 )