Wimax Communications Networks

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WiMAX Communication Networks

BSc Honours Project


Surname Matenga
First Name: Allan Initials: T.
Banner Number:B00231738
Course CodeCOMPO10034
Course DescriptionBusiness Technology
Project SupervisorDuncanThompson
Dissertation TitleWiMAX Communication Networks
Session 2012/2013

Table of Contents
Acknowledgement6
Abstract6
Chapter 1 Introducing WiMAX Technology6
1.1Introduction6
1.2WiMAX Background7
2.2.1The Backhaul for Wireless Communication8
1.3Project Objectives8
1.3.1Scope and Boundaries9
Chapter 2 Literature Review10
2.1Introduction10
2.2Technologies in Wireless Communications10
2.3The History of Wireless Communication Technologies11
2.3.1Zero Generation11
2.3.2First Generation11
2.3.3Second Generation11
2.3.4Third Generation12
2.3.5Fourth Generation12
2.3.6Fifth Generation14
2.4Evolution of Wireless Broadband16
2.5Development of Wireless Broadband17
2.5.1Narrowband Wireless Local-Loop17
2.5.2First Generation Broadband System17
2.6Defining Wireless Network Topologies18
3.6.1Wireless Network Topologies18
3.6.2Wireless Wide Area19
3.6.3Wireless Personal Area Network20
3.6.4Wireless Local Area Network20
3.6.5Wireless Metropolitan Area Network20
2.7WiMAX Technology Standards21
2.7.1IEEE 802.16-2001 Standard22
2.7.2IEEE 802.16a-2003 Standard22
2.7.3IEEE 802.16c Standard22
2.7.4IEEE 802.16d-2004 Standard23
2.7.5IEEE 02.16e Standard23
2.7.6IEEE 802.20 Standard23
2.7.7IEEE 802.22 Standard23
2.8Competing Technologies24
2.5.1WiMAX versus 3GPP24
2.5.2WiMAX versus LTE24
2.5.3WiMAX versus Wi-Fi25
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2.5.4WiMAX Awareness Framework26
2.5.5WiMAX Technology Awareness Value27
2.5.6Concluding Wireless Technology Awareness27
Chapter 3 Methodology28
3.1Introduction28
3.2Objectives29
3.3The Research Philosophy30
3.4Secondary Research30
3.5Primary Research31
3.5.1The Rationale of the Primary Research Methods31
3.6Available Research Methods Conclusion31
3.6.1The Rationale for the Questionnaire31
3.6.2The Advantages of the Questionnaire31
3.6.3The Disadvantages of the Questionnaire32
3.6.4The Rationale for the Interviews32
3.6.5Concluding Chosen Methodologies32
Chapter 4 Developing Primary Research32
4.1Purpose32
4.2Tools Applied33
4.3Applying the Tools as well as the Methodologies33
4.4Concluding Primary Research Methodologies and Tools33
Chapter 5 Primary Research Analysis34
5.1Objectives34
5.2Sample of the Questionnaire34
5.3Behavioural Questions34
5.4Attitudinal Questions34
5.5Knowledge Questions35
5.6Concluding Primary Research Findings35
5.7Limitations36
5.8Recommendations36
5.9Conclusions36
Chapter 6 Primary Research37
6.1Objectives37
6.2Comparing Secondary and Primary Researches37
6.2.1Analysis of Behaviour Results37
6.2.2Attitudinal Result Analysis38
6.2.3Knowledge Result Analysis39
6.3Further Analysis and Findings40
6.4Impact and Scope for Further Investigation40
6.5Project Conclusion40
6.6.1Critical appraisal41
References42
Table of Charts, Diagrams and Pictures45
APPENDICES I46
Appendices II47
APPENDICES III48
APPENDICES IV49
APPENDICES V50
APPENDICES VI51
APPENDICES VII52
Figure 20: Chart showing in percentage the answers to question 3.52 APPENDICES VIII53
APPENDICES IX53
APPENDICES X55
APPENDICES XI56
APPENDICES XIII57
APPENDICES XIV58
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APPENDICES XV59
APPENDICES XVI60
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APPENDICES XVI61
APPENDICES XVII62
APPENDICES XVIII63

Acknowledgement
My special thanks goes to Duncan Thompson for the all too important advice and valuable time he gave to make the writing of this report a valuable piece of work it has become. His expertise and wise advice culminated in gaining substantial knowledge and wisdom in tackling difficult problems I...
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