This paper describes an architecture for differentiation of Quality of Service in heterogeneous wireless-wired networks. This architecture applies an “all-IP” paradigm, with embedded mobility of users. The architecture allows for multiple types of access networks, and enables user roaming between different operator domains. The overall 4G architecture discussed in this paper is IPv6-based, supporting seamless mobility between different access technologies. Mobility is a substantial problem in such environment, because inter-technology handovers have to be supported. In our case, we targeted Ethernet (802.3) for wired access; Wi-Fi (802.11b) for wireless LAN access; and W-CDMA – the radio interface of UMTS – for cellular access.The architecture is able to provide quality of service per-user and per-service An integrated service and resource management approach is presented based on the cooperative association between Quality of Service Brokers and Authentication, Authorisation, Accounting and Charging systems. The different phases of QoS-operation are discussed. The overall QoS concepts are presented with some relevant enhancements that address specifically voice services. In particular, EF simulations results are discussed in this context.



 A wireless network is an infrastructure for communication “through the air”, in other words, no cables are needed to connect from one point to another. These connections can be used for speech, e-mail, surfing on the Web and transmission of audio and video. The most widespread use is mobile telephones. Wireless networks are also used for communication between computers. This note focuses on ways to set up wireless connections between computers. It gives a basic overview without becoming too technical. It will help to determine whether a wireless network might be a suitable solution. It also is a guide to more resources. Many links are to a document by Mike Jensen. The links used are examples; they are not preferred products.


1G: These first generation mobile systems were designed to offer a single service     that is speech.

2G: These second generation mobile systems were also designed primarily to offer speech with a limited capability to offer data at low rates.


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