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Multicast and broadcast multimedia services in mobile WiMax networks

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2 Author(s)
Etemad, K. ; Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA, USA ; Wang, L.

Multicast and broadcast services in WiMAX are downlink point-to-multipoint access services optimized for transmission of a common set of multimedia data packets to a group of users. This capability enables low-cost delivery of large volumes of popular contents (e.g., for video/audio streaming and file sharing) in a mobile network. The MCBCS framework in WiMAX allows multicast/broadcast of data in a radio channel that is time shared with unicast services. In a single-frequency network, where MCBCS transmissions are synchronized or coordinated across BSs in the designated service area, the mobile stations can use macro-space diversity to improve achievable data rates and also maintain service continuity and power saving across cells with minimal interaction with the network.

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 10 )

Date of Publication:

October 2009

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