OBSAI interoperability in multi-vendor WiMAX base station architecture

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Perustieteiden korkeakoulu | Master's thesis
Date
2009
Major/Subject
Tietokoneverkot
Mcode
T-110
Degree programme
Language
en
Pages
(14+) 95 s.
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Abstract
Wireless networks have become a necessity with the increased mobility in human life. From cellular telephony to the Internet, all types of communication are now provided over wireless networks. However, to offer wireless network coverage over an area requires a potentially expensive infrastructure deployment. Such deployment requires base stations which until now have been completely proprietary to the equipment vendors. Moreover, proprietary equipment is almost always costly and offer less flexibility than standardized modular solutions. This situation results in a high cost for network upgradation and hinders network development. A remedy is available via modularization, hence the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) is trying to modularize and standardize one of the most expensive elements of the wireless infrastructure, the base station. OBSAI standards aim to modularize the base station architecture and enable true interoperability among the various modules. However, the goal has not yet been achieved due to some features of the standard. This thesis project has studied the standards and pointed out some areas that must be concentrated upon when performing interoperability tests. It also proposes several standards amendments to foster greater interoperability among the modules of a base station. This study focuses on the RP3 interface of the OBSAI specification with the goal of making truly inter-operable baseband and RF modules, thus commoditizing the modules. The result is expected to be lower cost, greater interoperability, faster time-to-market, and more cooperative research.
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Supervisor
Ylä-Jääski, Antti
Maguire, Gerald Q. Jr.
Thesis advisor
Mikkonen, Petri
Keywords
OBSAI, RP3, RP3-01, WiMAX, LTE, base station
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