Improving VBR voice performance in integrated services broadband wireless networks
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The integration of multimedia applications into future wireless networks is expected to accelerate the demand for incorporating broadband infrastructure into wireless arena. Providing an efficient broadband wireless infrastructure capable to carry a mixture of different services brings a large set of new technical challenges. The current wireless networks that have been designed to carry low bit-rate voice and data are not able to carry bandwidth consuming and delay sensitive multimedia traffic. Consequently fundamental changes at different layers of current technology used in wireless networks are required. In this thesis we focus on Medium Access Control protocols (MAC) suitable for broadband wireless networks. Wireless ATM (WATM) has been considered in this work. This is mainly because it is widely accepted that ATM is the foundation of future broadband networks and integrating ATM into wireless networks provides a seamless interface between wired and wireless environments. We investigate the major recent proposals for MAC protocols for broadband wireless networks and propose a new reservation mechanism for the reservation part of a FDD-based MAC protocol. This novel mechanism is called “Dynamic Hybrid Partitioning with Adjustable Repeat” which helps to improve the performance of the Variable Bit Rate (VBR) voice traffic in a broadband wireless network with integrated traffic. Through a number of simulation experiments based on AKAROA2 [Ewi99J, we analyze the different aspects of our proposed mechanism and show how it improves the performance of the VBR voice traffic sources in a network with different classes of traffic.