The Future of WiMAX:
Multihop Relaying with IEEE 802.16j



Steven W. Peters and Robert W. Heath Jr.


IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 104--111, January 2009.


Relaying and cooperation have re-emerged as important research topics in wireless communication over the past half-decade. Although relaying in wireless networks is an old concept, it has only recently become practical. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the IEEE 802.16 working group, which has devoted a task group to incorporating relay capabilities in the foundation of mobile WiMAX/IEEE 802.16e-2005. This task group is currently in the process of finishing IEEE 802.16j, the Multihop Relay Specification for 802.16. This addendum will be fully compatible with 802.16e-2005 mobile and subscriber stations, but a base station specific to 802.16j will be required for relays to operate. This article presents an introduction to the upcoming IEEE 802.16j addendum, giving insight into the obstacles practical system designers face when incorporating relaying into a wireless broadband network.

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