Charter of the Technical Subcommittee on FiWi: Fiber-Wireless Integration

The Sub-TC on Fiber-Wireless Integration addresses a need for technical discussion and innovation to advance performance and efficiencies for the interoperation of wired and wireless network segments in a unified wired-wireless infrastructure. Leaving specific optical or wireless networking issues to other Technical Committees, we explore unique issues on the architectures, technologies and standards related to the integrated optical and wireless networks that may include segments from optical long-haul, metropolitan, and access networks; and satellite, mobile cellular, WiMAX, UWB, and WLANs. Examples issues include how optical and wireless network segments can share resources to increase capacity and flexibility while reducing costs, and how to define wired/wireless interfaces in order to provide high quality of service (QoS) for a variety of media-oriented applications in the integrated networks.

This Sub-TC provides a forum for interested users, network administrators, researchers, developers, and manufacturers to advance the art of optical-wireless integration through workshops, conferences, publications, and the initiation of standardization activities. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and the sharing of techniques and methods between the wired and wireless networking communities. We hope to stimulate the development and implementation of both wired and wireless communication functions in network elements and user devices in order to facilitate the movement of QoS-sensitive traffic across wired-wireless network interfaces and provide seamless end-to-end QoS in the combined networks.

The Subcommittee’s interests include standardized interfaces between wired and wireless systems; carriage of radio signals in optical transmission systems (“radio over fiber”); integration, overlay, and mutual protection of optical and wireless access and optical and wireless metro networks; concentration of optical and wireless functions in network elements such as switches, routers, and Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs); efficient transport of IP packets through integrated optical-wireless systems; QoS translations between air and optical interfaces and other cross-layer issues; coordinated management and control signaling across wired and wireless networks; and shared applications of technologies such as subcarrier modulation and OFDM. These topics involve both hardware and software elements.

The Subcommittee pursues liaisons and collaborations with TCs in optical, wireless, and other related fields, and with other professional and standards organization to which its work is relevant. Finally, the subcommittee advances member development, actively working to nominate deserving members for awards, distinguished speaker roles, and promotion to IEEE Senior Member and Fellow grades.