All in a Broadband Wireless Access Network: A Comprehensive Workbook on the Next Wireless Revolution
Benny Bing, Aug 1, 2005 - 240 pages
Broadband wireless access is the third wireless revolution, after cellphones (1990s) and Wi-Fi (2000s). It is viewed by many carriers and cable operators as a disruptive technology and rightly so. The broadcast nature of wireless transmission offers ubiquity and immediate access for both fixed and mobile users. Unlike wired access (copper, coax, fiber), a large portion of the deployment costs is incurred only when a subscriber signs up for service. The U.S. is poised to exploit new wireless access technologies capable of pervasive high-speed connectivity despite lagging behind developed Asian countries in broadband access deployment for many years.All in a Broadband Wireless Access Network is a workbook designed to fill the need for a comprehensive yet compact and easy-to-use reference, specifically for anyone who wish to study the principles underpinning many promising wireless access solutions. It provides a comparative assessment of the key issues and technologies such as 802.16 (Wi-Max), long-range/multihop 802.11 (Wi-Fi), wireless DOCSIS, 3G/4G, 802.20 (mobile broadband) and the emerging 802.22 (wireless regional area networks) standard. The workbooks unique teaching style sets itself apart from other books. Quantitative concepts are explained visually while the bullet text brings out the key ideas in a manner that is self-contained, concise, and to the point. Whether you are an ambitious entrepreneur, a CTO, a business executive or a scientist, you will discover that the thought-provoking exercises at the end of the book not only help you master the subject but also serve as a rich source of interesting ideas. A companion website is available exclusively for users of this book, providing updates, related websites, and additional learning resources and supplements, including an on-demand training CD.The workbook provides valuable insights on a broad range of topics:* Licensed and unlicensed spectrum consideration* Reliable physical layer transmission using multiple antennas * Multichannel medium access protocols with QoS provisioning* Wireless access topologies: point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, peer-to-peer multihop (mesh)* Wireless multimedia services: wireless IP-TV, wireless VoIP* Cognitive radio technologies* Advanced wireless security*Wireless/wireline integrationBenny Bing is a research faculty member with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), USA. He is also an associate director of the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute. He has published over 40 papers, 8 books, and was cited in over 100 research publications. His publications have also appeared in the IEEE Spectrum. His books on wireless networks are highly regarded by many technology visionaries. They contain forewords from both chairmen of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group since its inception, the inventor of Internet technology, and the inventor of the first wireless protocol. In early 2000, his groundbreaking book on wireless LANs was adopted by Cisco Systems to launch the Cisco-Aironet Wi-Fi product. He was subsequently invited by Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, CA to conduct a customized course on wireless LANs for its engineering executives. In 2002, his edited book on wireless LANs was extensively reviewed by the IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Network, and ACM Networker, the first time a book has been reviewed by all three journals. He is currently an editor for the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, and has also guest edited for the IEEE Communications Magazine and the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. In addition, he was featured in the MIT Technology Review in a special issue on wired and wireless technologies as well as the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has served on the wireless networking panel for National Science Foundation (NSF) and was selected as one of the 10 best wireless designers in the United States by Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI), a 22,000-industry member telecommunication association based in Tampa, Florida. In October 2003, he was invited by NSF to participate in an NSF-sponsored workshop on Residential Broadband Revisited: Research Challenges in Residential Networks, Broadband Access and Applications. He is a senior member of IEEE.
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