Broadband is one of the most transformative technologies of the 21st century, yet our understanding of its regional impacts remains somewhat rudimentary. Not only are issues of broadband pricing and speed relevant in this context, but the overall quality of service for broadband can often dictate its impacts on regional development. This book illuminates the regional impacts of this pervasive and important technology.
The principle aim of this book is to deepen our understanding of broadband and its connections to regional development. First, it uses a geospatial lens to explore how the relationship between broadband and regional development influences access to technology platforms, dictates provision patterns, and facilitates the shrinkage of space and time in non-uniform and sometimes unexpected ways. Second, it book provides a comprehensive guide that details the strengths and weaknesses of publically available broadband data and their associated uncertainties, allowing regional development professionals and researchers to make more informed decisions regarding data use, analytical models and policy recommendations. Finally, this book is the first to detail the growing importance of broadband to digital innovation and entrepreneurship in regions.
This book will be of interest to regional development professionals and researchers in economics, public policy, geography, regional science and planning.
Broadband Fixed Wireless Access provides a systematic overview of the emerging WiMAX technology, and much of the material is based on the practical experiences of the authors in building new systems. This material will be of significant interest to network architects and developers of broadband fixed wireless access products. With the advent of the IEEE 802.16 standard (has the standard or any part of it been adopted or is likely to be adopted soon?) and next generation equipment, this technology has been growing in interest. The authors discuss applications at microwave frequencies between 2 and 11 GHz that could be attractive options for operators without an existing access infrastructure for reaching end users. This introductory volume demystifies the technology and provides technical exposure to the various system trade-offs. Additionally, the book features the following highlights:
- Detailed modeling of broadband fixed wireless access propagation channel, including new measurements for its time variation
- An extensive overview of the IEEE 802.16 standard
- A tutorial on implementation challenges for WiMAX terminals
- Discussion of the suitability of various multi-antenna techniques
- Elaboration of various techniques, i.e. autodirecting antennas, bridging with WLAN, and multi-hop networking, that can be used to reduce the cost of ownership of a WiMAX network for an operator
The authors cover a wide range of topics, from network deployment to implementation of terminals. Wireless professionals will gain a head start from the information on WiMAX technology. This is a must read book when starting with broadband fixed wireless access.
List of Figures. List of Tables. Foreword. Preface. 1. Overview of Broadband Satellite Networks. Part I: Principles of Satellite Networks. 2. Basics of Networks. 3. Satellite Systems Engineering Methodology. 4. Network Systems and Examples. 5. Quality of Service in Layered Architecture. Part II: Satellite Network Technical Challenges. 6. Physical and Link Layers. 7. Satellite TCP/IP: Technical Challenges. 8. Satellite ATM: Technical Challenges. 9. Standards and Regulations. Part III: Satellite IP Networks Performance. 10. Quality of Service in IP Networks. 11. Performance of DiffServ Based Satellite IP. 12. Performance of MPLS. 13. Interactive Multimedia over Satellite. Part IV: Satellite ATM Networks Performance. 14. Quality of Service in ATM Networks. 15. Performance Analysis of TCP over Satellite ATM. 16. Bandwidth Allocation - An Example. References. Acronyms. Index. About the Authors.
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