Supporting carrier grade services over wireless mesh networks: The approach of the European FP-7 Strep CARMEN

Arturo Azcorra, Thomas Banniza, David Chieng, John Fitzpatrick, Dirk Von-Hugo, Marek Natkaniec, Sebastian Robitzsch, Frank Zdarsky

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Wireless mesh networks (WMNs) are a very promising technology to provide an easily deployable and cost-efficient solution for access to packet-based services for metropolitan areas with high population densities. Thus, WMNs may be a key technology in future 4G wireless networks and are currently becoming attractive in situations where it is not convenient to deploy wired backhaul connectivity. For example, it is often impractical to deploy wired infrastructure cost effectively or under tight time constraints. This is particularly true if the deployment is only transient in nature. Another key feature of WMNs is that unlike wireless multihop relay networks, WMNs are not restricted to tree-shaped topologies rooted at the gateway to the wired network and hence do not suffer from the same performance bottlenecks. Instead, any mesh node may communicate with any other one over multiple paths, allowing more efficient utilization of network resources. In contrast to ad hoc networks, WMNs are operated by a single entity, and their components have far fewer restrictions in terms of energy, resilience, and processing power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Ad hoc networks
  • IEEE
  • Mesh networks
  • Mobile communication
  • Quality of service
  • Routing
  • Wireless communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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