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Integration of EPON and WiMAX
Gangxiang Shen and Rodney S. Tucker

14.1 Introduction

The Internet today is characterized by a fast growth of bandwidth-intensive services, such as IPTV, video on demand (VoD), and peer-to-peer (P2P) services. To
Gangxiang Shen ARC Special Research Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN), Department Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC 3010, Australia, e-mail: egxshen@gmail.com Rodney S. Tucker ARC Special Research Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN), Department Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC 3010, Australia, e-mail: r.tucker@ee.unimelb.edu.au

A. Shami et al. (eds.), Broadband Access Networks, Optical Networks, DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-92131-0 14, c Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

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Abstract The integration of EPON and WiMAX is a novel research topic that has received extensive interest from both industry and academia. The major motivations behind the integration of EPON and WiMAX involve the potential benefits of fixed mobile convergence (FMC), which uses a single network infrastructure to provide both wired and wireless access services, and a good match of capacity hierarchy between EPON and WiMAX by using EPON as a backhaul (or feeder) to connect multiple disperse WiMAX base stations. This chapter recaps recent progress in the area of integration of EPON and WiMAX. Three different integration architectures, including independent architectures, hybrid architectures, and microwave-over-fiber (MoF) architectures, are described. Based on these architectures, a range of planning and operational issues are discussed, including optimal passive optical network deployment to connect...

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