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Design of a TDD Multisector TDM MAC for the WiFiRe Proposal for Rural Broadband Access

Varghese, Anitha and Kumar, Anurag (2007) Design of a TDD Multisector TDM MAC for the WiFiRe Proposal for Rural Broadband Access. In: IETE Technical Review, 24 (7, Sp.). pp. 225-242.

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The WiFiRe (WiFi Rural Extension) proposal for rural broadband access is being developed under the aegis of CEWIT. The system leverages the widely available, and highly cost-reduced, WiFi chipsets. However, only the physical layer from these chipsets is retained. A single base station carries several WiFi transceivers, each serving one sector of the cell, and all operating on the same WiFi channel in a time division duplex (TDD) manner. We replace the contention based WiFi MAC with a single-channel TDD multisector TDM MAC similar to the WiMax MAC. In this paper we discuss in detail the issues in designing such a MAC for the purpose of carrying packet voice telephony and for Internet access. The problem of determining the optimal spatial reuse is formulated and the optimal spatial reuse and the corresponding cell size is derived. Then the voice and data scheduler is designed. It is shown how throughput fairness can be implemented in the data scheduler. A capacity assessment of the system is also provided.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IETE Technical Review
Publisher: IETE
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to IETE.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2009 06:10
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/20564

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