ITTC Project

Broadband Wireless Local Loop

Project Award Date: 01-01-1998


The project will demonstrate that wireless ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) can be used for delivery of data, voice, and video in the local loop scenario. This will be accomplished through integration with existing infrastructure, service prototyping, performance measurement, and analysis. The benefits of such work to Sprint include identification of operational problems and issues, and determination of solutions. ITTC researchers are using ATM because it can be easily implemented into hardware (rather than software), which allows faster processing and switch speeds.

The delivery of integrated data, voice, and video services is increasingly important to both business and residential customers. There are several requirements that must be met to provide quality and economic of multimedia data packages. The same provider must deliver data, voice, and video services over the same transport architecture, which will minimize the expense and overhead incurred by multiple networks. This technology must be provided with an appropriate quality of service foundation. Regulations require that traditional telephone service must be provided.

In many cases, the use of fixed networks for delivery of these services is not feasible or economical. Circumstances such as poor condition of sections of local loop cabling or simply excessively long cable runs, which limit through put, might necessitate the search for wireless solutions. Another such circumstance might be quick deployment to businesses and residences (particularly in apartment complexes). Service delivery through wireless techniques might avoid the delays inherent in coordination with local loop infrastructure companies, building owners, and facilities departments within customer organizations.


Faculty Investigator(s): Joseph Evans (PI), Victor Frost, James Roberts, Sam Shanmugan, Glenn Prescott

Student Investigator(s): Larry Sanders

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Sprint

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