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MAC protocol modification to introduce advanced functionalities based on beam switched antennas with minimum protocol overhead

The result is envisaged to be utilised in next generation smart antennas for Mobile Broadband Systems. The deployment of 3G smart antennas must have low impact on PHY and MAC layers in such a way that smart antenna are almost transparent to the base station. This result describes the modifications that must be incorporated to the MAC protocol as defined by on-going standardisation bodies in the field of broadband wireless access networks in order to be able to implement smart antenna functionalities with minor impact to the protocol overhead. Software has been developed to simulate the performance of the modified protocols.

More information on the OBANET project can be found on the project’s website: .

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