The audacity of fiber-wireless (FiWi) networks

Martin Maier, Navid Ghazisaidi, Martin Reisslein

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

42 Scopus citations


A plethora of enabling optical and wireless technologies have been emerging that can be used to build future-proof bimodal fiberwireless (FiWi) broadband access networks. After overviewing key enabling radio-over-fiber (RoF) and radio-and-fiber (R&F) technologies and briefly surveying the state of the art of FiWi networks, we introduce an Ethernet-based access-metro FiWi network, called SuperMAN, that integrates next-generation WiFi and WiMAX networks with WDMenhanced EPON and RPR networks. Throughout the paper we pay close attention to the technical challenges and opportunities of FiWi networks, but also elaborate on their societal benefits and potential to shift the current research focus from optical-wireless networking to the exploitation of personal and in-home computing facilities to create new unforeseen services and applications as we are about to enter the Petabyte age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAccessNets - Third International Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2008, Revised Papers
Number of pages20
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event3rd International Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2008 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2008Oct 17 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume6 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Other3rd International Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV


  • EPON
  • FTTH
  • FiWi
  • MAC
  • Optical-wireless integration
  • Path selection
  • QoS
  • R&f
  • RPR
  • RoF
  • WMN
  • WiFi
  • WiMAX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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