Abstract

To serve futuristic applications, wireless access with a wired-like connectivity is required. To accomplish this goal, we propose a design for a flexible radio-over-fiber (RoF) network, where we optimize the RoF network for the right choice of subcarrier modulation scheme. Then we propose a mobile interleaved polling (MIP) and a wavelength allocation algorithm, and benchmark the performance of the polling mechanism with the simple polling that has been proposed in the literature. Using a simulation environment, we evaluate the packet latency of the MAC protocol with different user densities, user loads, and cell sizes. Based on these results, we give general design recommendations for an RoF network.

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