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Packet scheduling over shared channels is one of the most attractive issues for researchers dealing with radio resource allocation in wireless networks as modern systems' different traffic types, with different application requirements, need to coexist over the air interface. Recently, attention has been attracted to multicarrier techniques and the application of cross-layer approaches to the design of wireless systems. In this paper, a radio access network using a multicarrier air interface is considered in a multicell multiuser context. We propose a new cross-layer scheduling algorithm that manages channel, physical layer, and application-related information; we compare its performance with a previously published cross-layer strategy and with simpler well-known channel-aware or channel-unaware techniques and then discuss its optimization. We investigate the performance in terms of perceived user quality and fairness in the presence of mixed realistic traffic composed of H.264 video streaming with tight bounds on the delay jitter and file transfer protocol (FTP) data. To support video traffic, application-suited buffer-management techniques are also considered in conjunction with scheduling, and link adaptation is implemented at the physical layer to better exploit channel fluctuations. The role of scheduling and resource-allocation functionalities are discussed. It is shown that the cross-layer strategy proposed guarantees the same performance obtained by the previously published algorithm while reducing complexity. Moreover, under heavily loaded conditions, the cross-layer scheduling strategy provides a significant gain with respect to simple channel-aware or channel-unaware techniques.