Multihop cellular: A new architecture for wireless communications

Ying-Dar Lin*, Yu Ching Hsu

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This work presents a new architecture, Multihop Cellular Network (MCN), for wireless communications. MCN preserves the benefit of conventional single-hop cellular networks (SCN) where the service infrastructure is constructed by fixed bases, and it also incorporates the flexibility of ad-hoc networks where wireless transmission through mobile stations in multiple hops is allowed. MCN can reduce the required number of bases or improve the throughput performance, while limiting path vulnerability encountered in ad-hoc networks. In addition, MCN and SCN are analyzed, in terms of mean hop count, hop-by-hop throughput, end-to-end throughput, and mean number of channels (i.e. simultaneous transmissions) under different traffic localities and transmission ranges. Numerical results demonstrate that throughput MCN exceeds that of SCN, the former also increases as the transmission range decreases. Above results can be accounted for by the different orders, linear and square, at which mean hop count and mean number of channels increase, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1273-1282
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 2000
Event19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies - IEEE INFOCOM2000: 'Reaching the Promised Land of Communications' - Tel Aviv, Isr
Duration: 26 Mar 200030 Mar 2000


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