Includes bibliographical references.The field of wireless communications has seen phenomenal development over the last decade. With the current abundance of applications that use broadband multimedia over wired networks it is logical that users will want to have access to these same multimedia streams [rom a mobile terminal. Wireless solutions for connectivity to networks such as Ethernet networks already exist, however, a method of supporting access to an ATM network from a mobile terminal has not yet been standardised. Transporting ATM data over the wireless medium poses a number of problems. The Medium Access Control (MAC) layer of any proposed wireless ATM network would be responsible for resolving many of these problems. Unfortunately, research into MAC layers is hampered by the fact that most existing MAC layers cannot be modified in order to experiment with the effectiveness of the many MAC protocol techniques that exist
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