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A Perspective on Next-Generation Ad Hoc Networks--A Proposal for an Open Community Network--
Kenichi MASE Masakazu SENGOKU Shoji SHINODA
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Publication Date: 2001/01/01
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on the 10th Anniversary of the IEICE Transactions of Fundamentals: "Last Decade and 21st Century")
multihop, wireless, mobile communication, ad hoc network, community network,
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The concept of wireless ad hoc networking has unique features in which neither base stations nor wired backbone networks are required and a mobile node can communicate with a partner beyond the transmission range by multihopping. In this paper, innovations and issues in ad hoc network technologies are reviewed. The concept of a general-purpose ad hoc network is identified as a step toward next-generation ad hoc network development. The concept of an open community network is then presented as a vision for general-purpose ad hoc networks. An open community network is a novel information infrastructure for local communities based on wireless multihopping technologies, which may support an advanced information-oriented society in the twenty-first century. As a case study, an experimental system using PHS (Personal Handy Phone System) is described and some research issues for developing an open community network are identified.