Quality of Service in Heterogeneous Networks. 6th International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness, QShine 2009 and 3rd International Workshop on Advanced Architectures and Algorithms for Internet Delivery and Applications, AAA-IDEA 2009, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, November 23-25, 2009 Proceedings

Research Article

Towards QoS Provisioning in a Heterogeneous Carrier-Grade Wireless Mesh Access Networks Using Unidirectional Overlay Cells

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        author={M. Kretschmer and C. Niephaus and G. Ghinea},
        title={Towards QoS Provisioning in a Heterogeneous Carrier-Grade Wireless Mesh Access Networks Using Unidirectional Overlay Cells },
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        year={2012},
        month={10},
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        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-10625-5_33}
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  • M. Kretschmer
    C. Niephaus
    G. Ghinea
    Year: 2012
    Towards QoS Provisioning in a Heterogeneous Carrier-Grade Wireless Mesh Access Networks Using Unidirectional Overlay Cells
    QSHINE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-10625-5_33
M. Kretschmer1,*, C. Niephaus1,*, G. Ghinea2,*
  • 1: Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • 2: Brunel University
*Contact email: mathias.kretschmer@fokus.fraunhofer.de, christian.niephaus@fokus.fraunhofer.de, george.ghinea@brunel.ac.uk

Abstract

The visibility and success ofWireless Mesh Network (WMN) deployments has raised interest among commercial operators in this technology. Compared to traditional operator access networks WMNs have the potential to offer easier deployment and flexible self-reconfiguration at lower costs. A WMN-type architecture considered as an alternative for an operator access network must meet similar requirements such as high availability and guaranteed QoS in order to support triple-play content provisioning. In this paper we introduce an architecture of such a Carrier-grade Wireless Mesh Access Network (CG-WMAN). We then present our contribution, an approach to seamlessly integrate unidirectional broadcast cells (i.e. DVB-T) into such a CG-WMAN. This allows higher layer protocols to utilize broadcast cells like regular mesh links, where beneficial for a given payload and receiver distribution. We then present a typical use case and discuss for which combinations of traffic type, user distribution and QoS requirements the use of longer range broadcast technologies can help to improve the overall CG-WMAN performance in terms of throughput and reliability.