This article provides an up-to-date survey of hybrid fiber-wireless (FiWi) access networks that leverage on the respective strengths of optical and wireless. A definitive objective of Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) systems is the meeting of different optical and wireless innovations under a solitary base keeping in mind the end. Survey Smoothly Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Accessing Wireless Networks: Convergence and Challenges. Naseer Hwaidi Alkhazaali, Raed Abduljabbar Aljiznawi.

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Toward this end, future broadband access networks must leverage on both optical and wireless technologies and converge them seamlessly, giving rise to FiWi access networks [ 9 ].

A number of different remodulation schemes have been proposed and investigated, for example, differentiated phase-shift keying DPSK for downstream and on-off-keying OOK for upstream, optical carrier suppression OCS for downstream and reused for upstream, or PM for downstream and directly modulated semiconductor optical amplifier SOA for upstream.

Introduction According to the Federal Communications Commission FCCbroadband enables individuals and enterprises to access a wide range of resources, services, and products related to education, culture, entertainment, telemedicine, e-commerce, public safety, and homeland security.

Moreover, it was shown that multipath routing helps further improve the availability compared to single-path routing. In addition, it enables the convergence of the optical fiber infrastructure with standard wireless solutions, thus offering a way to integrate dominant wired and wireless technologies in a hybrid access network supporting seamless ubiquitous broadband services.

Fiber-wireless (FiWi) access networks: A survey – Semantic Scholar

FiWi access networks are instrumental in strengthening our information society while avoiding its digital divide. DARA is a link-state routing algorithm, where each wireless mesh router and gateway periodically advertises its link conditions i. Apart from capacity, one of the major differences between the optical and wireless parts of FiWi access networks is the fact that optical wired links are much more reliable than their wireless counterparts, whose transmission characteristics depend on a number of different parameters.

Toward this end, in the remainder of this paper we will first elaborate on emerging trends and open challenges for FiWi networking research.


This is due to the fact that the burst assembly takes more time at low traffic loads. It is important to note, however, that in general the goal of utilities is to use only a small number of low-cost, simple, reliable, and future-proof smart grid communications technologies that remain in place for decades after installation. The presented simulation results indicate that DARA outperforms other routing algorithms such as minimum hop routing, shortest path routing, and predictive throughput routing in terms of delay.

In [ 22 ], a low-cost MMF network was experimentally tested to demonstrate the feasibility of indoor radio-over-MMF networks for the in-building coverage of second-generation and third-generation cellular radio networks as well as IEEE Recently, the moving extended cell concept was proposed to provide connectivity for any possible direction [ 21 ]. For downstream data transmissions to a wireless destination node, the OLT selects a gateway such that data packets travel on the minimum delay path across the EPON and wireless mesh front-end.

For protection, the CO is equipped with two sets of devices normal and standby. The objective of the proposed energy-aware routing algorithm is to use already existent paths and put the other FiWi network segments asleep.

In particular, energy generation and distribution systems play a crucial role. Wireless access networks, on the other hand, potentially go almost everywhere but provide a highly bandwidth-constrained transmission channel susceptible to a variety of impairments.

Unlike DARA, each mesh router maintains a risk list to keep track of failures. Extensive simulations were conducted to study the network throughput gain in FiWi networks under peer-to-peer traffic among wireless mesh clients and compare the achievable throughput gain to conventional WMNs without any optical backhaul. Finally, the research and development vision of an ideal access system architecture was outlined in [ 85 ], identifying the following three key design goals of future broadband access network architectures: Beside economic and regulatory issues, the new key challenges arising in femtocell deployments are i interference coordination, ii cell association and biasing, iii mobility and soft handover, and iv self-organizing networks SONs [ 89 ].

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Citations Publications citing this paper. Clearly, this figure illustrates that an increasing percentage of broadband subscribers rely on fiber access technologies at the expense of legacy DSL solutions.

The greedy algorithm starts with a given distribution of fober-wireless end-users, which might be randomly or deterministically chosen, and consists of two phases.

Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Broadband Access Networks in an Age of Convergence: Past, Present, and Future

The fibber-wireless channels are statically fiber-wiireless to each radio such that interference is minimized. The authors formulated this problem as a mixed integer linear program MILP to determine the minimum number of ONUs that need to be kept active to support a given traffic load, while all remaining ONUs are put in the sleep mode, thereby minimizing the power consumption of the FiWi access network. In doing so, the access gateway knows the estimated waiting time for its next poll and can thus calculate the transmission delay in the optical domain more accurately.

In [ 54 ], the authors proposed an optimal flow assignment and fast packet resequencing algorithm in order to reduce the out-of-order probability of upstream packets injected by the OLT to the Internet. Otherwise, if the established lightpaths are heavily loaded, new lightpaths need to be set up, provided enough capacity is available on the fiber links.

If a failure occurs, the risk list is updated and subsequent packets are rerouted. Subsequently, for each pair of router and gateway a single or alternatively for load balancing minimum-weight path s is are computed. The simulation and experimental work in [ 68 ] has shed some light on the tradeoff between ssurvey saving and QoS support in FiWi access networks.