FiWi networks

Mina Taheri, Nirwan Ansari

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Optical access network is a promising solution to meet the ever-increasing demand for broadband services. Fiber-based technologies such as Fiber To The Home (FTTH), Fiber To The Building (FTTB), and Fiber To The Curb (FTTC) are well suited to support high bandwidth services and mitigate bandwidth bottlenecks. However, implementing optical fiber to all end points imposes considerable CAPEX. Moreover, fiber cannot directly reach mobile users and devices. Although untethered features of wireless networks are attractive, their limited supported bandwidth cannot answer today's enormous demands. Combining complementary features of these two technologies for broadband access is imminent and meritorious. Thus, integrated Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) access networks are considered as a scalable and economical means for broadband access. In FiWi, end points receive services through a wireless subnetwork, which acts as the front end and is connected to the optical subnetwork, which serves as the back end via gateway nodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Systems for Optical Networks Design
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing Techniques
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781466636538
ISBN (Print)1466636521, 9781466636521
StatePublished - Mar 31 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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