Cooperative architecture for cellular-short-range combined mesh networks

Tao Chen, Marcos Katz

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    Due to the nature of wireless communications, a single radio access technology (RAT) hardly satises all communication needs. RATs are roughly divided into two types: cellular and short-range. It becomes increasing popular to equip a mobile device with both types of air interfaces. By seam- lessly integrating different types of air interfaces into a sin- gle network, a new mobile communication model emerges. Benet from the mesh structure interweaved by cellular and short-range links, the new model is able to enjoy reliability, ¡exibility, coverage extension and enhanced service. Al- though several architectures have been proposed based on this model, a practical control solution for seamless integration of cellular and short-range systems is still absent. We propose in this paper a novel cooperative architecture with a control plane backed by cellular systems. A dedicated control unit is developed to tightly control the user cooperation of mobile devices using their short-range links. In addition to the architecture design, we propose two services based on the proposed architecture. It shows the potential of the architecture to carry new services, especially, multimedia services.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, Mobimedia '09
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-963-9799-62-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event5th International ICST Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, Mobimedia '09 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 7 Sept 20099 Sept 2009


    Conference5th International ICST Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, Mobimedia '09
    Abbreviated titleMobimedia '09
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Network architecture
    • design


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